senate Bill S1526

Amended

Relates to greenhouse gas emissions

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 18 / Jun / 2009
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 18 / Jun / 2009
    • PRINT NUMBER 1526A
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Summary

Relates to greenhouse emissions; establishes greenhouse gas limits and a greenhouse gas reporting system.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1526
S1526A
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Laws Affected:
Add Art 19 Title 13 ยงยง19-1301 - 19-1307, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2007-2008 Legislative Cycle:
S8390

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1526

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
greenhouse gas pollution control


PURPOSE :
This bill directs the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
to establish a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit from all
sources and requires that the limit would not be greater than
statewide emissions for the year 2000. The bill also requires that the
statewide limit would be reduced by 2.3 percent per year, until
overall emissions reach 80 percent below the 2000 level. In addition,
the legislation directs the DEC to promulgate regulations requiring
annual greenhouse gas emissions reporting by May 1, 2009.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
This bill would:

*define greenhouse gas to include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous
oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluroide, and any other gas
determined by the DEC to be a significant contributor to global
warming;

*direct the DEC to promulgate rules and regulations, by May 1, 2009,
requiring annual greenhouse gas emissions reporting from greenhouse
gas emission sources;

*require the DEC to issue a report on the annual greenhouse gas
emissions and the progress made in achieving reduction efforts;

*direct the DEC, after a public hearing, to promulgate rules and
regulations establishing a limit on greenhouse gas emissions;

*require the emissions limit to:

* be less than the aggregate level of emissions for 2000;

* decrease by 2.3 percent each year beginning in 2015; and,

* be less than 80 percent of the initial limit by 2050

* prohibit the department from adopting a regulation that would place
or increase an additional environmental or health burden on a
community that has a higher level of regulated air contaminant source
emissions within the community as compared with the county average

JUSTIFICATION :
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, awarded the 2007 Nobel
Peace Prize, determined that burning coal, oil and gas has led to
higher global temperatures that are already impacting physical and
biological systems. The panel also projected global temperatures would
rise more rapidly if greenhouse gases are not abated. The panel
concluded that reducing emissions 80 percent below current emissions
by mid-century would prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

The impact of such climate change poses a potential threat to the
economic well-being, public health, natural resources and environment
of New York. The potential adverse impacts of climate change include
the exacerbation of air quality problems, a reduction in the quality
and supply of water to the state, a rise in sea levels which could
potentially impact coastal businesses, residents and infrastructure,
damage to marine ecosystems and the natural environment, and an
increase in the incidences of infectious diseases, asthma, and other
human health-related problems.
National and international actions are necessary to fully address the
threat of climate change. Action taken by New York and other states to
reduce emissions of greenhouse gases will have far-reaching effects by
encouraging the federal government, and other countries to act
including encouraging the development of sustainable, nonpolluting
technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean currents.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.8390 of 2008 Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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