senate Bill S6411

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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S6411 - Bill Details

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A8333
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1152-b, Pub Health L

S6411 - Bill Texts

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

                                  6411

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13176-01-3

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