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Environment Committee Alert
November 9, 2009

Marcellus Shale

DEC releases the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing to develop the Marcellus Shale. http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html

Wetlands

The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee holds Hearings on Wetlands Protection

These hearings examined different wetlands protection issue areas including the expansion the current definition of freshwater wetlands that the DEC can regulate to electronic filing of the freshwater wetlands regulatory maps with interested local governments and post offical maps on the NYSDEC’s website to increased civil penalities for violations.

Key Bills: S.4956, S.5642, S.3998, S.6145

DEC Issues Draft Guidance Policies on Soil Cleanup, Site Invistigation and Cleanup, and the Brownfield Cleanup Program

DEC Drafts Part 249 Best Available Retrofit Technology