assembly Bill A1424

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Grants private citizens broad authorization to commence civil judicial actions under certain titles of the environmental conservation law

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Mar 05, 2020 advanced to third reading cal.460
Mar 03, 2020 reported
Feb 25, 2020 reported referred to codes
Jan 08, 2020 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 15, 2019 referred to environmental conservation

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A1424 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5013
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 71 Title 45 §§71-4501 - 71-4513, amd §71-1311, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A4272
2011-2012: A4656, A4801, S7814
2013-2014: A2047, S2769
2015-2016: A5802, S1087
2017-2018: A1811, A8965, S3269

A1424 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "private environmental law enforcement act"; authorizes any private citizen who has an interest which is or may be adversely affected to commence civil judicial actions for injunctive or declaratory relief to remedy environmental harms under certain circumstances; provides that such action may be commenced against any person for any violation of an administrative or court order compelling an investigation or remediation of an inactive hazardous waste disposal site.

A1424 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1424

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. SIMON, ABINANTI, ENGLEBRIGHT, THIELE, L. ROSEN-
  THAL, WEPRIN, D'URSO, LUPARDO, MOSLEY, GALEF, PAULIN,  CARROLL,  FAHY,
  COLTON,  CAHILL,  LIFTON,  GLICK, GOTTFRIED, RICHARDSON, NIOU, DAVILA,
  OTIS, TAYLOR -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.  BUCHWALD,  DINOWITZ,
  PERRY  --  read  once  and  referred to the Committee on Environmental
  Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  granting  private  citizens  the  right  to initiate civil enforcement
  actions for violations of such law

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

  Section 1. Article 71 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new title 45 to read as follows:
                                TITLE 45
                          PRIVATE ENVIRONMENTAL
                           LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT
SECTION 71-4501. ENFORCEMENT BY PRIVATE CITIZENS.
        71-4503. NOTICE OF ACTION.
        71-4505. INTERVENTION.
        71-4507. APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENTS.
        71-4509. COSTS, FEES AND PENALTIES.
        71-4511. APPLICABILITY IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK.
        71-4513. SAVINGS CLAUSE.
§ 71-4501. ENFORCEMENT BY PRIVATE CITIZENS.
  1.  EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN SECTION 71-4503 OF THIS TITLE, ANY
PERSON WHO HAS SUFFERED OR MAY SUFFER AN INJURY IN FACT,  REGARDLESS  OF
WHETHER SUCH INJURY IS DIFFERENT IN KIND OR DEGREE FROM THAT SUFFERED BY
THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, MAY COMMENCE A CIVIL ACTION IN A COURT OF COMPETENT
JURISDICTION  FOR INJUNCTIVE AND DECLARATORY RELIEF PURSUANT TO SUBDIVI-
SION TWO OF THIS SECTION AGAINST ANY PERSON  FOR  ANY  VIOLATION  OF  AN
ADMINISTRATIVE  OR  COURT ORDER COMPELLING THAT PERSON TO INVESTIGATE OR

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