Bill S6411-2013

Requires the commissioner of the department of health to implement a drinking water information program and to participate in the federal drinking water watch program

Requires the commissioner of the department of health to implement a drinking water information program designed to provide the public with access to information and reports concerning the state's public drinking water systems and to participate in the federal drinking water watch program.

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  • Jan 22, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S6411

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring the department of health to implement a drinking water information program designed to provide the public with access to information and reports concerning the state's public drinking water systems and to participate in the federal water watch program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill seeks to require the department of health to create an educational program concerning the drinking water.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 outlines that the commissioner should give the public access to information concerning the drinking water system, including any contaminants, chemicals, and reports on the quality of New York's drinking water. Section 2 states that the commissioner will comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to give the public access to such information.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill seeks to give the public access to information concerning the quality and safety of their water supply system.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

TBD

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6411 IN SENATE January 22, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring the department of health to implement a drinking water information program designed to provide the public with access to information and reports concerning the state's public drinking water systems and to partic- ipate in the federal water watch program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 1152-b to read as follows: S 1152-B. WATER WATCH PROGRAM. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A DRINKING WATER INFORMATION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND REPORTS CONCERNING THE STATE'S PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BASIC SYSTEM INFORMATION, INCLUDING SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, NAME AND TYPE; THE RESULTS OF COLIFORM AND CHEMICAL TESTING; CONTAMINANT CONCEN- TRATIONS; DEPARTMENT CONTACTS; PUBLIC NOTICES; VIOLATIONS; AND ENFORCE- MENT ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE STATE. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE COMPILED FROM THE MOST RECENT REPORTS AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL BE ACCES- SIBLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THROUGH A LINK CONSPICUOUSLY NOTED ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE. INFORMATION SHALL BE UPDATED REGULARLY TO REFLECT ANY CHANGES IN INFORMATION CONCERNING ONE OR MORE PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS AND TO REFLECT THE MOST RECENT REPORTS CONCERNING ONE OR MORE DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS. 2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL COORDINATE WITH THE UNITED STATES ENVIRON- MENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DRINKING WATER INFORMATION PROGRAM WEBSITE MAY BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S "DRINKING WATER WATCH" WEBSITE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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