senate Bill S8809A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing a heightened review of new permits for the operation of certain electric generation facilities to ensure consistency with state public interest standards

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 23, 2020 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1025
Jul 20, 2020 print number 8809a
Jul 20, 2020 amend and recommit to rules
referred to rules

S8809 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Energy Conservation
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S4098

S8809 - Summary

Establishes a heightened review of new permits for the operation of certain electric generation facilities to ensure consistency with state public interest standards and consistency with the state's ability to meet targets and goals in the climate leadership and community protection act.

S8809 - Sponsor Memo

S8809 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8809
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               July 20, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. METZGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
 AN ACT to establish a heightened review of new permits for the operation
   of certain electric generation facilities to ensure  consistency  with
   state  public interest standards; and providing for the repeal of such
   provisions upon the expiration thereof

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of this legislature to
 further  the  protection  of  the  Hudson Valley region from the adverse
 effects of electric generation from fossil fuels in the Town of Wawayan-
 da. Such adverse effects include emissions of carbon  dioxide,  methane,
 and other pollutants that contribute to climate change, noise pollution,
 and  damaging impacts on health, agriculture, tourism, viewshed, and the
 character of the surrounding community. Orange county  is  home  to  the
 "Black Dirt Region," an agriculturally significant region famous for its
 production  of  onions, among other products, and is also home to impor-
 tant recreational and tourist attractions, and ongoing review of facili-
 ty operations should take into account whether the  electric  generating
 facility's operation is in the public interest.
   §  2.  Notwithstanding  any  law to the contrary, for any permit deci-
 sions, excluding renewals, issued after the effective date of this  act,
 the  department  of  environmental  conservation shall not issue any new
 permits for the operation of an electric generating station  powered  by
 natural  gas  or any other carbon fuel unless such facility demonstrates
 that the station can operate in the  public  interest  by  demonstrating
 that its operation is consistent with the state's climate goals and does
 not  negatively  affect  public health or safety, agriculture, viewshed,
 tourism and recreational  opportunities,  or  community  character.  The
 department  of environmental conservation shall issue a written determi-
 nation on whether the facility is in the public interest  only  after  a
 public hearing and comment period.
   §  3.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
 deemed repealed on and after December 31, 2020.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

S8809A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Energy Conservation
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S4098

S8809A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a heightened review of new permits for the operation of certain electric generation facilities to ensure consistency with state public interest standards and consistency with the state's ability to meet targets and goals in the climate leadership and community protection act.

S8809A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8809A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8809--A
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               July 20, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. METZGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Rules  --  committee
   discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
   to said committee
 
 AN ACT to establish a heightened review of new permits for the operation
   of  certain  electric generation facilities to ensure consistency with
   state public interest standards; and providing for the repeal of  such
   provisions upon the expiration thereof
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of this legislature to
 further the protection of the Hudson  Valley  region  from  the  adverse
 effects of electric generation from fossil fuels in the Town of Wawayan-
 da.  Such  adverse effects include emissions of carbon dioxide, methane,
 and other pollutants that contribute to climate change, noise pollution,
 and damaging impacts on health, agriculture, tourism, viewshed, and  the
 character  of  the  surrounding  community. Orange county is home to the
 "Black Dirt Region," an agriculturally significant region famous for its
 production of onions, among other products, and is also home  to  impor-
 tant recreational and tourist attractions, and ongoing review of facili-
 ty  operations  should take into account whether the electric generating
 facility's operation is in the public interest.
   § 2. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, for any permit decisions
 issued after the effective date of this act, the department of  environ-
 mental  conservation  shall  not  issue  any  new permits, or any permit
 renewal for a facility subject to this act that is located in  a  county
 with  a population of not less than three hundred fifty thousand and not
 more than four hundred thousand as determined by the most recent  United
 States  census,  for  the  operation  of an electric generating facility
 powered by natural gas or any other carbon  fuel  unless  such  facility
 demonstrates that it can operate in the public interest by demonstrating
 that  its  operation  (i)  is consistent with and will not substantially
 impede or interfere with the state's ability to  meet  the  targets  and
 goals  in  the  climate  leadership and protection act and (ii) does not
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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