Date of Completion

Spring 6-2-2021

Thesis Advisor(s)

Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou; Dr. Nefeli Bompoti

Honors Major

Applied and Resource Economics


Environmental Law


The scope of this thesis is to analyze the legal framework established by House Bill 7001 and Public Act 20-9, which revise provisions of the CT Transfer Act, and establish a release-based reporting program which will be administered upon the sunset of the original act. While any release that occurred prior to the Release Based Remediation Program adoption (regardless of discovery date) is still regulated by the original Transfer Act, any release that occurs subsequent to the adoption of the new program will be regulated by the Release Based Remediation Program. This study investigates the scope of the new release-reporting program and its remediation requirements, and the impact of the new policy adoption. A systematic approach of analyzing inputs and outputs can be used to assess the degree of effectiveness. The ‘sunset provisions’ of the Transfer Act program are aimed at expediting the current review and regulation procedures, which allow for increased administrative efficiency. The same approach will be taken to assess the other legislative components of the Public Act; the Remediation Standard Regulations (RSRs) and Release Recording Regulations. On February 16, 2021, ‘wave two’ Remediation Standard Regulations (RSRs) were adopted by the state, updating the original 1996 standards. Additionally, new Release Recording Regulations have been proposed and subject to review by DEEP.