Senate Marks Earth Week with Package of Environmental, Climate Protections

Trail in Huyck Preserve.

The State Senate passed a series of bills this week to strengthen protections for New York’s natural resources and continue its commitment to combatting climate change. The legislation sets emission standards for toxic contaminants and prohibits the use of drilling fluids and flowback water for deicing. It supports efforts to shift state buildings to clean energy, and install charging stations in state-owned parking garages. The legislation also includes a climate change adaptation cost recovery program, establishes plans to power cellphone towers with renewable energy, and prohibits the lease of state land or wildlife areas for gas production. The legislation outlined in this package builds on the work accomplished in last year’s legislative session to solidify New York’s position as a national leader in environmental protection, according to the Senate Democratic Majority Conference. Read the Senate Majority Press Release.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “This package demonstrates our commitment to protecting New York’s environment for both the present and the future. As climate change and human impacts on the environment have intensified in recent years, it is imperative that we stay united in our efforts to protect and preserve our state’s natural resources. I am proud of my colleagues for sponsoring these vital bills that will ensure our state's environment is safeguarded on multiple fronts.”

Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Peter Harckham, said, “Heavy fuel oils create harmful health impacts and add carcinogens and greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. My legislation prohibiting the use of grade 4 fuel oil in New York will result in much cleaner air and health benefits, especially in our cities and communities requiring environmental justice. Thank you to Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and my colleagues for advancing this package of important bills that will protect our residents and fight climate change.”

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