senate Bill S9525

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts the "PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act"

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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Aug 05, 2022 referred to rules

S9525 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §17-0833, En Con L

S9525 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act"; requires publicly owned treatment works and people who discharge industrial waste to such treatment works to disclose the measurement of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals found in any discharge into the state waterways.

S9525 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S9525 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   9525
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              August 5, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  MAY  --  read  twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
 AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
   enacting the "PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act"
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. Short title. This act may be known and may be cited as  the
 "PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act".
   § 2. Legislative intent. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals) are
 a  class  of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. PFAS have
 contaminated surface waters and groundwater in New York and  across  the
 country.  New York has led the nation by limiting two PFAS--perfluorooc-
 tanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)--in drinking
 water by setting a maximum contaminant level for  these  two  chemicals.
 However,  no  PFAS--not  even  PFOA  or  PFOS--are  currently limited in
 discharges to our surface waters. Further, those proposing to  discharge
 pollutants  into  New York's waterways are not even required to disclose
 whether their existing or proposed discharges contain PFAS. The lack  of
 information  about  the  suite  of PFAS chemicals currently entering New
 York's waterways serves  as  a  barrier  to  developing  regulations  to
 protect  people and the environment from the harms of PFAS in our water-
 ways. The modification of existing application requirements will  ensure
 all  facilities  currently  discharging  or  proposing to discharge into
 waters in New York disclose and monitor their discharge of PFAS.
   § 3. The environmental conservation law is amended  by  adding  a  new
 section 17-0833 to read as follows:
 § 17-0833. PFAS IN SURFACE WATER DISCHARGE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT.
   1.  AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERM "PFAS" SHALL MEAN PERFLUOROALKYL
 AND POLYFLUOROALKYL CHEMICALS.
   2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REQUIRE ALL  PUBLICLY  OWNED  TREATMENT  WORKS
 LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO THIS TITLE TO DISCLOSE ANNUALLY FOR THE PERIOD OF
 THEIR PERMIT AND EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER  UPON  RENEWAL  OF  SUCH  PERMIT,
 THROUGH  QUANTITATIVE  AND  QUALITATIVE  MONITORING,  THE LEVELS OF PFAS
 PRESENT IN THE DISCHARGE PRODUCED BY SUCH TREATMENT WORKS.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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