senate Bill S4921B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in natural gas

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Feb 28, 2014 print number 4921b
amend and recommit to health
Jan 17, 2014 print number 4921a
amend (t) and recommit to health
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
May 01, 2013 referred to health

Bill Amendments

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B (Active)
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B (Active)

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S4921 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6863B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 35-B §§3560 - 3562, amd §18-a, Pub Serv L

S4921 - Summary

Relates to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in natural gas; requires continuous monitoring of the level of radon in the natural gas delivered; relates to compliance assurance system; requires public reporting.

S4921 - Sponsor Memo

S4921 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4921

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- 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 the protection  of
  public health from exposure to radon in natural gas

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known as the "protection of public health
from exposure to radon in natural gas act".
  S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new article 35-B  to
read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 35-B
                                  RADON
SECTION 3560. PROTECTION FROM RADON.
        3561. LOCAL DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS.
  S  3560.  PROTECTION  FROM  RADON.  1. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
DEPARTMENT,  ACTING  THROUGH  ITS  BUREAU  OF  ENVIRONMENTAL   RADIATION
PROTECTION, TO MINIMIZE, THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF THE ALARA (AS LOW AS
REASONABLY  ACHIEVABLE)  PRINCIPLE,  THE  RISK  TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
POSED BY EXPOSURE TO RADON AND ITS RADIOACTIVE PROGENY. TO ACHIEVE  THIS
GOAL,  THE BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION PROTECTION MAY CALL FOR THE
ASSISTANCE OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF  ENVIRONMENTAL  CONSERVA-
TION  AND THE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AS NECESSARY TO
SUPPORT PERMITTING,  MONITORING,  COMPLIANCE  AUDITING  AND  ENFORCEMENT
ACTION AS DIRECTED BY THE BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION PROTECTION.
  2.  IN  ORDER  TO  ACHIEVE  THE GOALS ESTABLISHED IN THIS SECTION, THE
BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION PROTECTION SHALL  REQUIRE  EACH  LOCAL
GAS  DISTRIBUTION ENTITY SELLING OR OTHERWISE PROVIDING GAS TO CUSTOMERS
IN NEW YORK TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO CONTINUOUSLY MONITOR THE LEVEL  OF
RADON  AND ITS RADIOACTIVE PROGENY, MEASURED AS GROSS ALPHA ACTIVITY, IN
THE NATURAL GAS DELIVERED TO THE LOCAL DISTRIBUTION ENTITY AT EACH  CITY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09991-04-3

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S4921A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6863B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 35-B §§3560 - 3562, amd §18-a, Pub Serv L

S4921A - Summary

Relates to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in natural gas; requires continuous monitoring of the level of radon in the natural gas delivered; relates to compliance assurance system; requires public reporting.

S4921A - Sponsor Memo

S4921A - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4921--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SAVINO, ADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER,
  LATIMER,  SERRANO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee  on  Health  --  recommitted  to  the
  Committee  on  Health  in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public health law and the public service law, in
  relation to the protection of public health from exposure to radon  in
  natural gas

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
radon and its radioactive progeny are a major cause of lung cancer,  and
that  there  is no safe exposure level for public health protection. New
York State has benefited from low levels of those  elements  in  natural
gas  delivered  to  consumers,  due  to  the low levels of radioactivity
occurring in the gas from the sources upon which New York has  primarily
relied.  However, there is now concern that natural gas may be coming to
New York State from sources with high levels of radioactivity from those
elements. It is the intent of this act to prevent levels  of  radon  and
its radioactive progeny from exceeding current levels in gas distributed
to  residential  and  other consumers, mindful of internationally-recog-
nized mitigation action levels. It is the intent of  this  act  to  only
regulate the distribution of gas within the state.
  S  2. The public health law is amended by adding a new article 35-B to
read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 35-B
                                  RADON
SECTION 3560. DEFINITIONS.
        3561. PROTECTION FROM RADON.
        3562. LOCAL DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09991-08-4

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S4921B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6863B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 35-B §§3560 - 3562, amd §18-a, Pub Serv L

S4921B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in natural gas; requires continuous monitoring of the level of radon in the natural gas delivered; relates to compliance assurance system; requires public reporting.

S4921B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4921B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4921--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SAVINO, ADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, HOYLMAN, KRUEGER,
  LATIMER,  SERRANO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed
  to be committed to the Committee  on  Health  --  recommitted  to  the
  Committee  on  Health  in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the  public  service  law,  in
  relation  to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in
  natural gas

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
radon  and its radioactive progeny are a major cause of lung cancer, and
that there is no safe exposure level for public health  protection.  New
York  State  has  benefited from low levels of those elements in natural
gas delivered to consumers, due  to  the  low  levels  of  radioactivity
occurring  in the gas from the sources upon which New York has primarily
relied. However, there is now concern that natural gas may be coming  to
New York State from sources with high levels of radioactivity from those
elements.  It  is  the intent of this act to prevent levels of radon and
its radioactive progeny from exceeding current levels in gas distributed
to residential and other consumers,  mindful  of  internationally-recog-
nized  mitigation  action  levels.  It is the intent of this act to only
regulate the distribution of gas within the state.
  S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new article 35-B  to
read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 35-B
                                  RADON
SECTION 3560. DEFINITIONS.
        3561. PROTECTION FROM RADON.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09991-10-4

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