Relates to covering putrescible and non-putrescible waste transported by rail with hard lids and hard tarping.
Ayes (13): Thompson, Oppenheimer, Schneiderman, Parker, Serrano, Perkins, Stewart-Cousins, Foley, Marcellino, Leibell, Little, Young, Padavan
Excused (1): Johnson O
BILL NUMBER: S7153
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to covering putrescible and non-putrescible waste transported by rail
PURPOSE : This bill is designed to ensure that waste that is transferred by rail in New York State is properly contained in order to prevent leakage and spillage along the tracks.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This bill amends subdivision 2 of section 27-0712 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 402 of the laws of 1989.
JUSTIFICATION : As the trucking of garbage continues to be phased out and replaced by waste transport via rail, there is a crucial need to protect the residential communities adjacent to the tracks. Often, waste is either completely or partially uncovered, emits odors, and leaks or spills on the tracks. This poses not only a health concern for residents, but has larger environmental consequences as well.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has the ability to permit and regulate waste transfer stations in the state of New York. Requiring waste cars to be covered before exiting the transfer station will alleviate the odor and leaking problems as the trains continue down the lines to their destination. This bill requires that rail cars hauling putrescible waste be sealed with hard lids, and that rail cars hauling non-putrescible waste be covered with hard tarping before exiting a waste transfer station.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the one hundred and eightieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7153 IN SENATE March 17, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 covering putrescible and non-putrescible waste transported by rail THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 27-0712 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 402 of the laws of 1989, is amended to read as follows: 2. A municipality or any individual, firm or corporation acting on its behalf or any other individual, firm or corporation shall not cause or permit any solid waste to be transported on any vehicle, barge, ship, or scow unless the solid waste on the vehicle, barge, ship, or scow is covered PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT PUTRESCIBLE WASTE TRANSPORTED BY RAIL SHALL BE COVERED WITH SEALING HARD LIDS AND NON-PUTRESCIBLE WASTE SHIPPED BY RAIL SHALL BE SECURELY FASTENED WITH HARD TARPING. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15622-04-0