- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State environmental officials are considering changing proposed permit rules for municipal stormwater systems after local officials complained that the requirements were too strict.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1HI2Igz ) that the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will consider changes in requirements for street sweeping, cleaning of catch basins and water quality monitoring of stormwater discharges.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and Connecticut Conference of Small Towns said the original proposals would be costly and require too much staff time.

However, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment is seeking even stronger regulations.

State environmental officials say Connecticut must develop ways to improve stormwater management because it’s a major source of pollution in waterways. The state proposed the changes to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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