Connecticut Port Authority Will File Friend of Court Brief Against New York State

(Old Saybrook) – The Connecticut Port Authority and seven other Connecticut parties have filed a motion stating their intent to join together in a friend of the court brief (amicus) to support a decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to designate a 1.3 square nautical mile area south of New London, Connecticut, as the approved site for the disposal of dredged materials in the eastern part of Long Island Sound.

The state of New York has challenged the EPA’s designation of the site and is seeking to have it overturned by a federal district court in New York.  The EPA’s decision was made after more than four years of study and review and input from the public, and was supported by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.


Left to right: Deputy Commissioner Bob Kaliszewski, DEEP; CPA Board member John Johnson; Evan Matthews, Executive Director, CPA; Congressman Joe Courtney; Mayor Michael Passsero, City of New London.

Left to right: Ron Helbig, Chairman, CT Marine Trades Association; Deputy Commissioner Bob Kaliszewski, DEEP; CPA Board member John Johnson; Congressman Joe Courtney; Mayor Michael Passsero, City of New London.


Connecticut is home to three deepwater ports (Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London) where the bulk of Connecticut’s commercial maritime industry operates, as well as small and mid-size coastal and river harbors that also make important contributions to the State’s economy.

These large ports provide efficient access to the entire Northeast, with rail and highway options to suit every shipper. The Connecticut Port Authority oversees these ports, as well as the many smaller harbors and waterways that make up Connecticut’s maritime industry.

The Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program

The Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) will provide grants for the
preparation of plans and studies, as well as construction projects that improve state,
municipal, or other properties in or next to Connecticut waters.



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