senate Bill S7311

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Jun 03, 2014 reported and committed to finance
May 09, 2014 referred to environmental conservation

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Jun 3, 2014 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

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S7311 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง27-0707, En Con L

S7311 - Bill Texts

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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.

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BILL NUMBER:S7311

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.

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

                                  7311

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               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

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