Bill S2500-2011

Authorizes a study of animal life in the vicinity of the Dewey Loeffel Hazardous Waste Site

Authorizes a study of animals life in the vicinity of the Dewey Loeffel Hazardous Waste Site.

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Actions

  • May 7, 2012: referred to environmental conservation
  • May 7, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 7, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • May 1, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 30, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 26, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.591
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 13, 2011: referred to environmental conservation
  • Jun 13, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 13, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 23, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 18, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 17, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.682
  • Jan 24, 2011: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - May 17, 2011
Ayes (11): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, Young, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano
Ayes W/R (3): O'Mara, Avella, Stewart-Cousins
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Apr 26, 2012
Ayes (14): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2500

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing a study of animal life in the vicinity of the Dewey Loeffel Hazardous Waste Site

PURPOSE: This legislation will provide for a study of the marine, amphibians and mammals inhabiting the area known as the Dewey Loeffel Hazardous Waste Site and the surrounding environs.

PROVISIONS: Section 1: The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision (i) to provide for the study of the impact of contamination.

JUSTIFICATION: The Dewey Loeffel State Hazardous Waste Site is located in southern Rensselaer County and contains more than twice the contamination than the infamous Love Canal waste site. It is estimated that more than 46,000 tons of toxic waste are buried in a failed capped landfill.

Remediation of this site has been ongoing for decades with no progress made in preventing the contamination from seeping from the site and contaminating additional properties. This contamination has also impacted Nassau Lake and the surrounding watershed.

This toxic contamination has been documented to be present in area fish which have been ingested by New Yorkers. There is currently a "eat no fish" advisory in place for this area. It is believed that this significant contamination has penetrated other aspects of the food chain.

This bill would provide for a scientific analysis of the presence of toxic substances in wildlife and would provide for a report to the legislature and the governor of the specific findings of the study by 2011. This research would also assess the viability of further study of the contamination.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPACT: This legislation provides the opportunity for the Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct the study with existing staff.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2500 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 24, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing a study of animal life in the vicinity of the Dewey Loef- fel Hazardous Waste Site THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 49-0103 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. SUPERVISE AND/OR CONDUCT A STUDY OF THE MARINE, AMPHIBIAN AND MAMMALS INHABITING THE AREA KNOWN AS THE DEWEY LOEFFEL HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE AND THE ENVIRONS OF NASSAU LAKE, RENSSELAER COUNTY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF THE PRESENCE OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS AND VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTAM- INANTS IN SUCH WILDLIFE. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, PREPARE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE OUTLINING THE SPECIFIC FINDINGS OF SUCH STUDY AND ASSESSING THE VIABILITY OF IMPLEMENTATION OF A SIMILAR STUDY WHICH SHALL INCLUDE THE RESIDENTS OF THAT AREA. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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