NEW BRITAIN-The environmental study on the Tilcon project has been released this morning.
The study is part of a proposal to allow Tilcon to mine 131 acres of protected watershed.
Under the proposal, Tilcon would mine New Britain-owned protected watershed land in Plainville for 40 to 50 years before returning the land to the city as a reservoir. Tilcon would lease the land for an unspecified amount during the mining.
The legislature must vote to approve a change of use for the land in order for Tilcon to mine the property. The state Department of Health must give approval.
A law passed in 2016 carefully delineated the steps the city must take in order to get the project on the legislative agenda including hiring a consultant to do an environmental study of the area.
The study, which has been underway by Glastonbury-based Lenard Engineering for more than a year, was released Wednesday morning.
The state’s Water Planning Council and Council on Environmental Quality will have 90 days to review the report and submit comments to the city. The city will have 60 days to hold a public hearing on the findings of the study.
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