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Legislative Memo

BILL:

A.7234-A (Delmonte)

Support

SUBJECT:

PCB Waste Disposal

 

DATE:

May 3, 2004

 

The Business Council opposes this legislation that would prohibit the disposal of any Hudson River PCB wastes within Niagara County. The legislation is aimed at precluding this material from being disposed of at the state's only licensed commercial hazardous waste landfill, which is located at Model City, Niagara County.

In addition, the bill would place new, unreasonable restrictions on the approval of permits for increased disposal capacity at hazardous waste disposal sites.

The Business Council opposes this legislation for several reasons:

The Business Council believes that existing hazardous waste management regulations, permitting programs and enforcement efforts are adequate to assure the safe management of hazardous wastes. This legislation would impose unnecessary restrictions on the acceptance of a specific waste material at the Model City site, and at the same time jeopardizing the ability of the state to assure adequate in state hazardous waste disposal capacity.

For these reasons, The Business Council respectfully recommends against approval of A.7234-A.