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Sunday, December 29, 2013

With all of the thank you letters formally mailed out, I wanted to also post my thanks online for the end of 2013


December 29, 2013

With the election over and the holiday season coming to a close, I wanted to take this time to thank you so kindly for your support of my campaign for Mayor of Wallingford which culminated last month.

While it is unfortunate that the goal of winning the election was not reached, it does not diminish the hard work and support that I received from you during the campaign. We accomplished things this past year that haven’t been done in the past 20 years – this cannot be underscored enough. It was a campaign for “the record books” and I am humbled and honored that you were a part of it with me.

I still fully believe that Wallingford’s best days are ahead of us; they will simply develop differently than the vision we all shared.
I have the honor to have served as a Wallingford Town Councilor for this past two year term and with my final meeting now past I leave those duties and tasks to those nine that were chosen by the electorate on Election Day. They will have the direct charge of fighting for a better Wallingford and they will be responsible to figure out the ways to make the changes that are needed to make our town an even better place to live, work, and play, to make it an even better place to raise a family, start and grow a business, and retire.

All of us that are concerned with this as well, as voters, residents, and taxpayers, MUST be present to keep them on OUR task of delivering that future.

While I may be out of office there are still many things to be done. I do not need a chair “up there” to bring these things to fruition; it would be easier but it can still be done. I will spend some time thinking outside the box on how to do just that. I hope that as those times come you can once again support those efforts, in whatever fashion they are, to help move Wallingford forward.

Once again, I am humbled by the help, support, and encouragement that I received; it was an experience that I will never forget.

With deepest gratitude,
Jason Zandri

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Follow up from public hearing regarding the Title V permit for Covanta

On December 11 there was a public hearing about the Title V permit for Covanta.

The meeting was recorded and is playing on WPAA but it is also on demand at WPAA. Please go to the link and go to video on demand which is located on top of the screen. The video is on page two.

The full video is a little over two hours so some of the important issues discussed were:

1.The entire plant is NOT tested every year but on a rotational basis so each stack is tested once every three years.

2. Positive burn and fires which happen are fires where the emissions leave the plant before they are scrubbed so unknown pollutants are affecting the area.

3. There have been no water tests of Dioxin in approximately twenty years. This means our public drinking water and waterways such as Wharton Brook State Park which people fish and swim in have not been tested for Dioxins.

There is a public comment period until December 30 2013.
I would hope that you would watch the video and share your concerns with EPA and DEEP. Lakiesha Christopher (Connecticut DEEP) is the contact below is her e-mail address.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DEEP Best Management Practices for Disposal of Snow Accumulations from Roadways and Parking Lots

A letter has been sent to Henry McCully and Mayor Dickinson’s Office regarding snow removal over all in town and the use of the Garden Road property – you can follow this link to read it.

Below are the available DEEP Best Management Practices for Disposal of Snow Accumulations from Roadways and Parking Lots.

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Best Management Practices for Disposal of Snow Accumulations from Roadways and Parking Lots

Purpose: These guidelines have been developed to clarify DEEP recommendations to state and municipal officials, and others regarding the removal and disposal of snow accumulations from roadways and parking lots. For purposes of this guidance snow accumulations refers to snow banks and snowpiles that are removed by front-end loader or by loading on trucks for disposal. This guidance does not apply to normal snow plowing operations that must, inevitably, discharge some snow into wetlands and watercourses.

Implementation: While following these guidelines does not constitute a permit or authorization, the Department recognizes there is a considerable need for flexibility in implementation of this policy, particularly in emergency situations. There is no intent to interfere with snow plowing operations. Where trucking and snow dumping operations are undertaken the Department recommends these guidelines be followed.

Problem: Current road maintenance activities include removal of snow accumulations from bridges, roads and parking areas for the purpose of providing more space for subsequent snow storms and for ease of travel and parking. Sometimes this snow is moved by truck or with a front-end loader and deposited directly into surface waters of the state including streams, wetlands and Long Island Sound. This practice is not recommended due to the presence of dirt, salt, litter and other debris, which are routinely mixed in the accumulated snow.

Under normal conditions of snowmelt, the majority of these contaminants remains on or next to the paved surface or may be captured in stormwater catch basins. These contaminants can then be swept from streets and bridges or vacuumed from catch basin sumps. However, when accumulated snow is collected and dumped into surface waters, this mixture of snow, sand and debris may smother aquatic life in the bottom of streams and rivers and degrade the aesthetics of the surface water with silt plumes and litter. Large quantities of snow (and the sand and debris) may also cause blockage of storm drainage systems, resulting in increased chance for localized flooding.

Recommended Management Practice: Snow accumulations removed from roadways, bridges, and parking lots should be placed in upland areas only, where sand and other debris will remain after snowmelt for later removal. Care must be exercised not to deposit snow in the following areas:

  • freshwater or tidal wetlands or in areas immediately adjacent to such areas where sand and debris may be flushed during rainstorms;
  • on top of storm drain catch basins;
  • in storm drainage swales;
  • on stream or river banks which slope toward the water, where sand and debris can get into the watercourse; and
  • in areas immediately adjacent (within at least 100 feet) of private or public drinking water well supplies (due to the possible presence of road salt).

For Governmental Entities: In normal winter conditions, governmental entities should follow the recommended management practices outlined above. In extraordinary winter conditions, the commissioner may, upon public notification, offer governmental entities the flexibility of limited in-water disposal. When such flexibility is offered, governmental entities who have determined that extraordinary circumstances exist where all upland, land-based disposal options have been fully exhausted (i.e., disposal capacity is not available) and snow needs to be removed to meet public safety demands (i.e., clear access ways for police, emergency medical and fire responders), may use certain waterways for snow disposal in accordance with the following conditions:

  • Upland storage and disposal of snow (i.e., athletic fields, parks and other flat, open-field sites) and other snow management methods (i.e., snow melting equipment) must be the first alternatives explored and exhausted. Environmentally sensitive areas must be avoided;
  • This guidance applies only to snow and ice which is not visibly contaminated with material other than salt and sand from road clearing activities;
  • For coastal communities, preference should be given to snow disposal in salt water where available;
  • Disposal in rivers or streams must be limited to those water bodies that have adequate flow and mixing and are not prone to ice jams;
  • The disposal must occur only in open water in areas that will not interfere with navigation;
  • Disposal must be conducted in a manner so as to prevent ice dam formation or damage to bridges, docks or other structures;
  • Disposal in ponds and lakes is discouraged;
  • There shall be no disposal in coastal or freshwater wetlands, eelgrass beds, vegetated shallows, vernal pools, shellfish beds mudflats, public water supply reservoirs and their tributaries, or others areas designated as being environmentally sensitive;
  • The activity must comply with local laws and requirements;
  • Precautions must be taken to avoid shoreline or stream bank damage or erosion from truck/equipment activity; and
  • Governmental entities must notify the Department by email (address email to prior to disposing of snow and ice in waterways or, if advance notification is not possible, then the Department must be contacted as soon as possible after snow disposal has begun.

Notification: Notification can be made by addressing an email to Kevin Sowa at: The notification must include the following: (1) the name of the governmental entity making the notification; (2) contact information for the governmental entity including name, email address and phone number; (3) the street address where the snow disposal activity will occur; (4) the name of the waterbody where the snow will be disposed; (5) the estimated quantity of snow to be disposed; (6) the dates during which the disposal activity will occur; and (7) a statement that the governmental entity has exhausted all disposal alternatives and snow management methods and will make best efforts to adhere to these snow disposal guidelines.

Information: For further information please call the Water Permitting and Enforcement Division Engineer of the Day at 860-424-3018.

DEP-PED-GUID-002 Revised 02/04/11

Friday, December 6, 2013

Notice of Public Hearing - Applicant: Covanta Projects of Wallingford, L.P.

Notice of Public Hearing

Applicant: Covanta Projects of Wallingford, L.P.
Application No. 201207877
City/Town: Wallingford, CT

The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ("DEEP") hereby gives notice of an informational hearing to take public comments concerning the draft Title V permit for Covanta Projects of Wallingford, L.P and shall be held on December 11, 2013 as more thoroughly described herein.

Application No.:


Applicant's Name and Address:

Covanta Projects of Wallingford, L.P.

530 South Cherry Street, Wallingford, CT

Contact Name/Phone/Email:

Mr. Matthew Venturi, 860-589-6470,,

Type of Permit/Activity:

Informational public hearing to take public comments concerning the draft Title V permit

Relevant statute(s)/Regulation:

RCSA sections 22a-174-22a(c) and 22a-174-33

Type of Facility:

Resource Recovery


DEEP will hold an informational public hearing on this application on December 11, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Wallingford Council Chambers, Town Hall, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford, CT. The hearing will consist of informational presentations by the parties and the collection of public comment on the record.

The informational hearing will be moderated and recorded by a DEEP hearing officer and will proceed in the following order: presentations from the panel, including the applicant, DEEP, and petitioners; a 15-minute break for informal questions and answers between members of the public and the panel which will not be recorded nor be part of the hearing record; and then the continuation of the informational hearing to receive oral and written comments from members of the public. Comments will be heard in the order in which members of the public sign up at the informational hearing.

Written comments will be accepted at the informational hearing and until the close of business on December 20, 2013, when the hearing record will close. All written comments submitted after December 11, 2013 shall be submitted to the Engineering & Enforcement Division of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 5th Floor, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106.

Once the hearing record is closed, DEEP staff will prepare a response to comments document and DEEP’s recommendation, along with a proposed Title V permit, will be sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 1 for consideration and the issuance of a determination.

Members of the public should refer to the DEEP Calendar of Events at for the official schedule in this matter, including cancellations, or other schedule alterations.

The Title V permit application and draft permit may be examined at the DEEP Public file room, at the address mentioned above. Interested persons who wish to obtain more information regarding the application and draft permit may do so by contacting Lakiesha Christopher of the Engineering and Enforcement Division by mail at the address above, by electronic mail to, or by calling (860) 424-4152.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request an accommodation contact us at (860) 418-5910 or

Published in The Record-Journal on November 8, 2013

Draft Permit (PDF)
Draft Technical Support Document (PDF)