Eversource / CT Siting Council Public Hearing will be held in the CJH Municipal Center, General Purpose Room, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT, at 3:00 p. m. (for evidentiary session) and 7:00 p.m. (for public comment).
Report by Paula Antolini
September 20, 2016 12:37PM EDT
Public Notice: / Proposed Eversource Project: CT Siting Council Will Hold Bethel Public Hearing, Sept. 22nd
Eversource / CT Siting Council Public Hearing will be held in the CJH Municipal Center, General Purpose Room, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT, at 3:00 p. m. (for evidentiary session) and 7:00 p.m. (for public comment) regarding the proposed installation of new overhead transmission lines in Bethel, Danbury and Brookfield, CT, called the “Southwest Connecticut Reliability Project.”
This will be your chance to let your views be heard.
View public notice and other information below.
Also CLICK HERE to view video, maps, and comments from the public in our last report “Residents Voice Strong Concerns About the Proposed New Eversource Overhead Transmission Lines Project, During the Regional Open House Event” from the Eversource Open House, May 11, 2016.
Docket No. 468 (Eversource) Field Review and Public Hearing in Bethel
Pursuant to provisions of Connecticut General Statutes § 16-50m and Section 16-50j-21 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, notice is hereby given that the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, September 22, 2016, beginning with an evidentiary session at 3:00 p.m., and continuing with a public comment session at 7:00 p.m., at the Bethel Municipal Center, General Purpose Room, 1 School Street, Bethel, Connecticut, and thereafter as necessary. The hearing will be on an application from The Connecticut Light & Power Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the Southwest Connecticut Reliability Project that traverses the municipalities of Bethel, Danbury, and Brookfield, which consists of (a) construction, maintenance and operation of a new 115-kV overhead electric transmission line entirely within existing Eversource right-of-way and associated facilities extending approximately 3.4 miles between Eversource’s existing Plumtree Substation in the Town of Bethel to its existing Brookfield Junction in the Town of Brookfield; (b) reconfiguration of two existing 115-kV double-circuit electric transmission lines at Eversource’s existing Stony Hill Substation in the Town of Brookfield; and (c) related substation modifications.
The purpose of the hearing is to hear evidence on the applicant’s contentions that the public need for the facility outweighs any adverse environmental effects that would result from the construction, operation, and maintenance of the project. The 3:00 p.m. evidentiary session will provide the applicant, parties, and intervenors an opportunity to cross-examine positions. The 7:00 p.m. public comment session will be reserved for the public to make brief statements into the record. Cross-examination of parties and intervenors may resume, if necessary, after all statements have been heard.
The Council will conduct a public field review of the proposed project on Thursday, September 22, 2016, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Applicable law for this proceeding includes the Public Utility Environmental Standards Act, General Statutes § 16-50g, et seq., and Sections 16-50j-1, et seq., of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
The Council directs that all testimony and exhibits be pre-filed with the Council and all parties and intervenors by September 15, 2016. In accordance with the State Solid Waste Management Plan, the Council requests that all filings be submitted on recyclable paper. Please avoid using heavy stock paper, colored paper, and metal or plastic binders and separators.
Individuals are encouraged to participate through their elected officials, and other party/intervenor groupings.
Any person seeking to be named or admitted as a party or intervenor to the proceeding may file a written request to be so designated at the office of the Connecticut Siting Council, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut, 06051, on or before September 15, 2016.
Parties and intervenors will be allowed to submit briefs and proposed findings of fact within 30 days after the close of the hearing.
Any person who is not a party or intervenor to this proceeding may file a written statement with the Council up to 30 days after the close of the hearing. Such statements will become part of the record. No written statement or any other information will be accepted from any person not a party or intervenor to the proceeding after 30 days following the close of the hearing, except as otherwise prescribed by law or the Council.
A verbatim transcript of the hearing session(s) will be made and deposited with the Clerk’s Office of the Town of Bethel, City of Danbury, and Town of Brookfield for the convenience of the public.
Requests for information in alternative formats or for sign-language interpreter services must be submitted in writing by September 15, 2016.
The applicant is represented by the following:
The Connecticut Light & Power Company d/b/a Eversource Energy
Brian T. Henebry, Esq.
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
P.O. Box 1110
Waterbury, CT 06721-1110
A copy of the application is available for review at the Council’s office during office hours at 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut, (860) 827-2935 or on the Council website at http://www.ct.gov/csc under the link “Pending Proceedings.” The Council has assigned this application Docket No. 468.