Enacts the "oil and gas waste management act of 2014" to require solid waste management facilities accepting waste from oil and gas drilling operations to screen such waste for radioactivity.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the proper screening of waste derived from oil and gas drilling operations for radioactivity prior to disposal at regulated solid waste management facilities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill is intended to ensure that the disposal of potentially radioactive materials from oil and gas drilling operations do not constitute an environmental hazard when deposited in a landfill within New York.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 2: Provides that this act shall be known as "the oil and gas waste management act of 2014".
Section 3: Directs the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation to incorporate screening and rejection criteria for radioactivity when issuing a permit for any solid waste management facility that intends to accept waste from oil and gas drilling.
Section 4: Provides for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Lately there has been an increasing amount of concern over the potential threats to safety from radioactive drill cuttings generated by oil and gas operations in other states which enter into the New York waste stream.
This legislation will mitigate the threats posed to the public under the current system of high volume fracturing waste transport and disposal in New York. The bill requires the incorporation of radioactive screening and rejection criteria in solid waste facility permits for any solid waste facility that accepts waste from oil and gas drilling activities. It will result in the rejection of drilling wastes which do not meet the standards imposed by the department of environmental conservation for acceptance at a landfill in New York. Screening criteria will also provide a clearer picture of the amount of potentially hazardous radioactive materials which may be entering New York's waste stream. This bill is intended to ensure that oil and waste products do not pose an environmental danger when they come to ultimately rest in New York.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7311 IN SENATE May 9, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, GRISANTI, MARCELLINO, LITTLE, O'MARA -- 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 the proper screening of waste derived from oil and gas drilling operations for radioactivity prior to disposal at regulated solid waste manage- ment facilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that the environmental conservation law provides for the established and permit- ting of solid waste management facilities. Given the significant increase in oil and gas drilling activity in Pennsylvania and other states, which has resulted in the disposal in this state of wastes generated from drilling activities in other states, and to address any oil and gas drilling wastes that may be generated by operations in the state, the legislature hereby finds that solid waste management facili- ties that receive waste generated from oil and gas drilling activities should be required to implement screening and rejection criteria for radioactivity as a condition to obtaining a permit to operate such a solid waste management facility. S 2. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "oil and gas waste management act of 2014". S 3. Section 27-0707 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-d to read as follows: 2-D. ANY PERMIT ISSUED TO A SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY THAT INTENDS TO ACCEPT WASTE FROM OIL AND GAS DRILLING ACTIVITIES SHALL INCLUDE SCREENING AND REJECTION CRITERIA FOR RADIOACTIVITY IN SUCH WASTES. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15082-02-4