Gaming Septic?

You’ve probably heard us claim that Hope Partnership and Women’s Institute are “gaming environmental laws.” That’s a pretty serious charge… so where’s our proof? 

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) regulations require that…

“If a proposed residential development comprises more than 50 bedrooms and is to be constructed on contiguous parcels owned by the same entity, then the DEEP would have permitting jurisdiction over the onsite subsurface sewage disposal systems.”

For each bedroom, a septic system must be designed to accommodate 150 gallons of sewage outflow per day. 50 bedrooms means 7500 gallons per day. But the Hope Development plans for 73 bedrooms — that’s 10950 gallons of sewage per day. So… how can the developers lower the bar, and claim an exemption from DEEP regulations?

It’s all about the subdivide…

Hope Partnership and Women’s Institute have set up two different ‘shell’ corporations, “Neck Road Hope Housing, LLC” and “Old Lyme Hope Housing, LLC.” Separate ownership, separate developments… and voila… watch the environmental regulation disappear. “Sleazy” is how one state regulator describes it, and we heartily agree…