About a third of Connecticut’s cities and towns are rejecting proposed state regulations for dealing with storm water runoff.
Leaders of the municipalities are denouncing the draft regulations.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities represents most of Connecticut’s towns and cities. It says the new draft regulations by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection dictate the frequency of street sweeping and the cleaning of storm water drainage systems that run into municipal sewers. And this imposes costs that towns and cities simply cannot afford.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the state has not had an issue keeping up with the amount of salt it needs to treat the roads after several snowstorms and another expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says most cities and towns in the state have used more than half of their snow removal budgets, while others have already used their entire budget for snow removal.