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Legislative Memo

Darren Suarez
Vice President of Government Affairs
T 518.465.7511
www.bcnys.org

BILL:

A.10254 (Barrett)

Support

SUBJECT:

Environmental Health Tracking System

 

DATE:

May 29, 2012

 

The Business Council of New York State opposes A.10254 that would establish an Environmental Health Tracking System, because it is duplicative and not as well designed as the programs the legislation would duplicate.  This bill has been before the legislature for over a decade, it is time to strike the enacting clause.

New York’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (EPHT)

The New York State Health Department launched the EPHT Website in 2007.  The EPHT provides links to existing environmental and human health data.

The New York State Department of Health, 17 other states and New York City are part of the national Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, an effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This network was developed to provide nationally consistent environmental and health data. These data can be used to support research, programs and policies that help protect our communities.

New York State has several projects that focus on combining environmental, health and other data to explore possible relationships between environmental hazards and health effects.

Chapter 638 of the Laws of 2008 established the environmental facility and cancer incidence map law.  The bill requires similar provisions to the proposed legislation, but does not amend the original text.  The legislation contained a requirement of the development of security protocols that is missing in this legislation.

The Business Council of New York State does not support this legislation because it is duplicative and not as well designed as the programs the legislation would duplicate.