Authorizes a study of animal life in the vicinity of the Dewey Loeffel Hazardous Waste Site.
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.
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: S. 2500 of 2012 passed Senate
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2752 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- 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 LIFE, AMPHIBIANS 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 FIFTEEN, 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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03973-01-3