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Bill Changes Dam Inspection And Mosquito Control

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File photo of a dam after Hurricane Irene. [Photo credit: Connecticut National Guard]

File photo of a dam after Hurricane Irene. [Photo credit: Connecticut National Guard]

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending the governor a bill that would change how Connecticut inspects its dams and controls its mosquito population.

The state Senate unanimously voted in favor of the bill Tuesday, following approval in the House of Representatives last week.

The bill would shift requirements for regular inspection of dams to dam owners from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and require owners of potentially hazardous dams to develop and implement emergency action plans.

The legislation requires the DEEP commissioner to consider the potential impact on tidal wetlands when deciding whether to issue a permit for dam construction.

It also restricts the state from using the insecticides methoprene and resmethrin in controlling mosquitos, and it requires DEEP to take certain steps to prevent West Nile virus.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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