Conn. Agencies Regs. § 22a-69-7.1 - Variances

Current through March 4, 2022

(a) Any person who owns or operates any stationary noise source may apply to the Commissioner for a variance or a partial variance from one or more of the provisions of these Regulations. Applications for a variance shall be submitted on forms furnished by the Commissioner and shall supply such information as he/she requires, including, but not limited to:
(i) Information on the nature and location of the facility or process for which such application is made.
(ii) The reason for which the variance is required, including the economic and technical justifications.
(iii) The nature and intensity of noise that will occur during the period of the variance.
(iv) A description of interim noise control measures to be taken by the applicant to minimize noise and the impacts occurring therefrom.
(v) A specific schedule of the best practical noise control measures, if any, which might be taken to bring the source into compliance with those Regulations from which a variance is sought, or a statement of the length of time during which it is estimated that it will be necessary for the variance to continue.
(vi) Any other relevant information the Commissioner may require in order to make a determination regarding the application.
(b) Failure to supply the information required by the form furnished by the Commissioner shall be cause for rejection of the application unless the applicant supplies the needed information within thirty (30) days of the written request by the Commissioner for such information.
(c) No variance shall be approved unless the applicant presents adequate proof to the Commissioner's satisfaction that:
(i) Noise levels occurring during the period of the variance will not constitute a danger to the public health; and
(ii) Compliance with the Regulations would impose an arbitrary or unreasonable hardship upon the applicant without equal or greater benefits to the public.
(d) In making a determination on granting a variance, the Commissioner shall consider:
(i) The character and degree of injury to, or interference with, the health and welfare or the reasonable use of property which is caused or threatened to be caused.
(ii) The social and economic value of the activity for which the variance is sought.
(iii) The ability of the applicant to apply best practical noise control measures, as defined in these Regulations.
(e) Following receipt and review of an application for a variance, the Commissioner shall fix a date, time and location for a hearing on such application.
(f) The Commissioner shall cause the applicant to publish at his/her own expense all notices of hearings and other notices required by law, including, but not limited to, notification of all abutters of record.
(g) Within sixty (60) days of the receipt of the record of the hearings on a variance application, the Commissioner shall issue his/her determination regarding such application. All such decisions shall briefly set forth the reasons for the decision.
(h) The Commissioner may, at his/her discretion, limit the duration of any variance granted under these Regulations. Any person holding a variance and needing an extension of time may apply for a new variance under the provisions of these Regulations. Any such application shall include a certification of compliance with any condition imposed under the previous variance.
(i) The Commissioner may attach to any variance any reasonable conditions he/she deems necessary and desirable, including, but not limited to:
(i) Requirements for the best practical noise control measures to be taken by the owner or operator of the source to minimize noise during the period of the variance.
(ii) Requirements for periodic reports submitted by the applicant relating to noise, to compliance with any other conditions under which the variance was granted or to any other information the Commissioner deems necessary.
(j) The filing of an application for a variance shall operate as a stay of prosecution, except that such stay may be terminated by the Commissioner upon application of any party if the Commissioner finds that protection of the public health so requires.
(k) In any case where a person seeking a variance contends that compliance with any provision of these Regulations is not practical or possible because of the cost involved either in installing noise control equipment or changing or curtailing the operation in any manner, he/she shall make available to the Commissioner such financial records as the Commissioner may require.
(l) A variance may include a compliance schedule and requirements for periodic reporting of increments of achievement of compliance.

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Conn. Agencies Regs. § 22a-69-7.1
Effective June 15, 1978

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