JUNE 1998Expect no major environment bills
The current Legislative session will likely end without action on major environmental initiatives, according to The Council's environmental specialist.
However, The Council is still monitoring bills that could significantly affect members, Ken Pokalsky said.
These bills include:
- A bill sponsored by Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle
that would exempt industrial pollution control, prevention and abatement
equipment from the state sales tax.
The Council supports this bill, which would cut costs of complying with new environmental protection standards and cut costs of pollution prevention, Pokalsky said.
- An amended bill that would clarify the state's authority to require corrective actions at hazardous waste management facilities that once operated under "interim status" provision but never received a final permit. The Council supports this bill.
- A bill that would expand the Empire State Development Corporation's solid waste recycling assistance program to allow loans, interest subsidies and other assistance to a broader range of pollution prevention activities. The Council supports this bill's intent and is working with sponsors to develop technical amendments, Pokalsky said.
June 11, 1998