(a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may designate as his agent any state or regional agency, municipality, or public water utility operated by a municipality or other political subdivision of the state or employee thereof and delegate to such agent the authority to inspect in connection with the enforcement of or to enforce any of the provisions of chapters 246, 247, 248, 255 and 268, sections 22a-28 to 22a-35, inclusive, subsection (c) of section 22a-66a, section 22a-123, sections 22a-207 to 22a-219, inclusive, section 22a-250, sections 22a-359 to 22a-361, inclusive, chapters 442, 446c and 446k, title 23, title 26, sections 29-28, 29-35, 29-38, 53-134, 53-190, 53-191, 53-194, 53-203, 53-204, 53-205, 53a-59 to 53a-64, inclusive, and 53a-100 to 53a-117, inclusive, subsection (b) of section 53a-119b, sections 53a-122 to 53a-125, inclusive, 53a-130, 53a-133 to 53a-136, inclusive, 53a-147 to 53a-149, inclusive, 53a-157b, 53a-165 to 53a-167c, inclusive, 53a-171, 53a-181 to 53a-183, inclusive, 54-33d, 54-33e and subsection (b) of section 22a-134p or any regulation, permit or order issued pursuant thereto, except the authority to render a final decision, after a hearing, assessing a civil penalty in accordance with the provisions of section 22a-6b. Any designation of authority by the commissioner shall be with the consent of such state or regional agency, municipality or public water utility operated by a municipality or other political subdivision of the state. Delegation of authority to an agent of such a public water utility shall be limited to inspection authority and such delegation shall include provision for training of inspectors, in a manner specified by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. The expense for such training shall be borne by the designated public water utility seeking such designation.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 22a-2a
- Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
- commissioner: means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or his or her designated agent. See Connecticut General Statutes 22a-2
- Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
- Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
- Ordinance: means an enactment under the provisions of section 7-157. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
(b) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 and this section setting forth the scope of any delegation and any authority not specifically included shall be deemed not to have been delegated. The regulations shall include but not be limited to: (1) Procedures for requesting and accepting any delegation; (2) qualifications and standards of conduct for a designee; (3) training and reporting requirements for a designee; (4) the time period during which any delegation shall be valid and a renewal period; (5) procedures for review of the performance of a designee and for revocation of a delegation; (6) procedures for review and assessment of the benefits and liabilities to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection of delegation including analysis of the administrative and financial costs; and (7) criteria and procedures for appeal to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection of any decision by a designee acting within the scope of the delegation.
(c) Prior to adoption of such regulations, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall consider: (1) Whether a potential designee has or can obtain knowledge and training to carry out the delegated authority; (2) whether the delegated authority is within the jurisdiction of a potential designee pursuant to any other statute, regulation or local ordinance; and (3) whether a potential designee has the financial and administrative capacity to carry out the delegation.
(d) Notwithstanding any delegation of authority pursuant to this section, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall retain authority to act under the provisions of said sections and any decision by the commissioner shall preempt the decision of a designee.