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Main Accumulation Area Facility

*NEW* Main Accumulaton Area Record of Decision

Public comments and 1/8/14 hearing transcript are appended to the Record of Decision

EIE Notice

UCONN Main Accumulation Area for Regulated Wastes

Municipality where project is proposed: Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: UConn North Campus "Parcel G" Site, located between the existing North Hillside Road and C Lot on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut

Project Description:
The University of Connecticut (UConn) proposes to construct a new centralized facility for the temporary storage of chemical, biological, and low-level radioactive wastes from the University’s academic research and teaching laboratories and facility operations on the Storrs campus. To protect public health and the environment and to ensure regulatory compliance, these wastes are managed by the UConn Division of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as University health and safety policies and procedures.
The existing MAA is adequate to serve the current needs of the University and meets or exceeds state and federal requirements for safety and environmental protection. The existing MAA is located within the Fenton River watershed and the drainage basin of the Willimantic Reservoir, which is a public water supply. Although the facility has been operated safely since it was established in 1989, the University recognizes the public concern that remains about the location of the facility within the public water supply watershed. Also, space on the existing site is limited, resulting in poor circulation for waste transport vehicles, and its design is inconsistent with modern MAA facilities at other comparable research institutions. Further, the existing facility is expected to have difficulties meeting future needs without dramatically increasing the frequency of off-site waste shipments.
In 2012, UConn convened an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from the Town of Mansfield, Windham Water Works, local watershed organizations, the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, and University of Connecticut staff from Public Safety, Environmental Policy, and Residential Life. The Advisory Committee conducted a siting study to identify and assess potential sites for an upgraded MAA facility. The study recommended a prioritized list of alternative sites with the preferred alternative being the North Campus "Parcel G", located between the existing North Hillside Road and C Lot. This site is also located outside of the public water supply watershed.
The Proposed Action consists of constructing a new MAA facility on the North Campus Parcel G site and decommissioning of the existing MAA. The proposed facility consists of a waste storage building with a footprint of approximately 5,800 square feet and an overall site that is approximately 0.75 acres to accommodate vehicle circulation and parking.
The University has prepared an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) to further evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, as well as other alternative sites considered, including the existing location (i.e., the No Action alternative). 

Project Map:

Click here to view a map of the Existing MAA site and the site of the proposed MAA on North Campus Parcel G.

Comments on this EIE will be accepted until the close of business on: January 19, 2014

The public can view a copy of this EIE at:
Mansfield Town Clerk’s Office, Audrey P Beck Municipal Building, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT
Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield, CT

The EIE can also be viewed on line by clicking on the link below:
Environmental Impact Evaluation, University of Connecticut, Main Accumulation Area

Appendix B

A public hearing will be held on this EIE on:
DATE:  January 8, 2014
TIME:  7:00 p.m. (Doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. to allow review of informational materials.)
PLACE:  Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT

Written comments should be sent to:
Name: Jason Coite
Agency: University of Connecticut – Office of Environmental Policy
Address: 31 LeDoyt Road, U-3055, Storrs, Connecticut 06269
Phone: 860-486-9305
Fax: 860-486-5477
Email: jason.coite@uconn.edu

If you have questions about the public hearing, or other questions about the EIE, contact Mr. Coite as directed above.

Main Accumulation CEPA Public Scoping

Notice of Scoping for UConn Main Accumulation Area

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: UConn North Campus Parcel G Site located between the existing North Hillside Road and C Lot on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut

Project Description: UConn proposes to construct a new centralized facility for the temporary storage of chemical, biological/medical, and low-level radioactive wastes from the University’s academic research and teaching laboratories and facility operations on the Storrs campus. The University’s existing facility, known as the Main Accumulation Area (MAA), is located within the Fenton River watershed and the drainage basin of the Willimantic Reservoir, which is a public water supply. Although the facility has been operated safely since it was established in 1989, the University recognizes the public concern that remains about the location of the facility within the public water supply watershed.

The existing MAA facility, which is currently located on Horsebarn Hill Road, is sufficient to serve the current needs of the University and meets or exceeds state and federal requirements for safety and environmental protection. To protect public health and the environment and to ensure regulatory compliance, these wastes are managed by the UConn Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as University health and safety policies and procedures. However, space on the existing site is limited, resulting in poor circulation for waste transport vehicles, its design is inconsistent with state-of-the-art MAA facilities at other comparable research institutions, and the facility will likely not meet future needs based on planned research growth at the University.

To address these concerns, UConn convened an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from the Town of Mansfield, Windham Water Works, local watershed organizations, the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, and University of Connecticut staff from Public Safety, Environmental Policy, and Residential Life. The Advisory Committee conducted a siting study to identify and assess potential sites for an upgraded MAA facility. The study recommended a prioritized list of alternative sites, with the North Campus Parcel G site, located between the existing North Hillside Road and C Lot, being the preferred alternative. An Environmental Impact Evaluation will be prepared to further evaluate the preferred site as well as other alternatives considered, including the existing location (i.e., the No Action alternative).

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area.

Written comments: from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on: May 16, 2013
                                                                   
There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:
Date:      Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time:      7:00 p.m. (Doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. to allow review of informational materials.)
Place:      Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT

Draft Scoping Meeting Minutes from May 1, 2013

Presentation Maps and Boards from May 1, 2013 Meeting

Presentation Slides from May 1, 2013 Scoping Meeting

Written comments should be sent to:
Name:    Jason Coite
Agency:   UConn - Office of Environmental Policy
Address: 31 LeDoyt Road, U-3055; Storrs, CT 06269
Fax:        860-486-5477
E-Mail:   jason.coite@uconn.edu

NEW Written comments received during the scoping period:

CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

CT Dept. of Public Health

Town of Mansfield

Edmund J. Smith (Mansfield resident)

If you have questions about the Public Scoping Meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Coite as directed above.

UConn expects to release an Environmental Impact Evaluation for this project, for public review and comment, in September 2013.

Main Accumulation Area Facility Comparative Site Study

Description: The University maintains a centralized facility, known as the Main Accumulation Area (MAA), for the temporary storage of regulated wastes. Although the facility has been operated safely since it was established in 1989, the University recognizes the public concern that remains about the location of the facility within a public water supply watershed. UConn decided to evaluate alternative sites on the Storrs campus for an upgraded MAA facility that will meet the current and future needs of the University. UConn formed a multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee to allow participation of a broad group of University and community stakeholders. The Committee’s evaluation considered sites that are currently available and that met certain minimum requirements. This report documents the Committee’s methods, findings, and  recommendations of the current siting evaluation for an upgraded MAA facility on the Storrs campus. The North Campus Parcel G site, currently a wooded parcel located between the existing North Hillside Road and C Lot, was the site rated highest by the Advisory Committee.

 

Main Accumulation Area Facility Comparative Site Study - Final Report

Final Report Appendices

 

Meeting 1 - June 19, 2012
Meeting 2 - June 27, 2012
Meeting 3 - July 25, 2012
Meeting 4 - October 18, 2012
Meeting 5 - March 12, 2013
   
       

UConn Today - Advisory Group Recommends Moving MAA, 2.7.13