The New York State Senate passed legislation to mark Earth Day and further advance New York’s nation-leading efforts to preserve natural resources and protect waterways. These legislative measures include: extending protections to class C streams; banning the use of hydrofracking wastewater on our highways; keeping dangerous chemicals (PFAS) out of more products; supporting local efforts to remove lead pipes from New York’s water supply; and adding lakes to the areas eligible to participate in the Municipal Adoption Program. This environmental conservation package will also: reduce food waste; help farmers find a beneficial use for their unwanted tires; strengthen State procurement practices by enacting the New York Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act; protect wildlife through the New York Wildlife Crossing Act; increase enforcement of environmental laws by enacting the Bottle Redemption Fraud Task Force; and bolster New York’s green infrastructure by offering EV charging at certain State parking facilities, and providing customer credits for excess electricity generation.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “New York is continuing to lead the nation on climate action and sustainable practices, with this package of legislation being the latest example of our commitment to the fight. The investments we make in our communities today won’t matter if there isn’t a habitable planet tomorrow. That’s why we will continue moving the needle on environmental protection and preservation, so that generations from now, New Yorkers can still live safely in the places they call home. I thank the Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Harckham, and all of the bill sponsors, for their diligent work on this matter.”
Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Peter Harckham, said, “To continue serving as responsible stewards of our environment we must look for new ways to approach hard-to-solve problems in order to effectively safeguard our natural resources. The Streams Protection bill commits us to ensuring the quality of our drinking water and still permits residents to enjoy non-contact activities on certain waterways. And the Food Donation bill will lessen greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of unused food and feeding countless residents instead—a real win-win for us statewide in both the short- and long-term. Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and my Senate colleagues deserve a lot of credit for bringing this legislative package forward and introducing important bills.”