Environment Committee Alert
January 8, 2010

DEC Issues Statewide Notices of Proposed Rulemakings


The Department is set to revise several rules that impact New York businesses including:

Hearing Hearings on the proposed amendments described above will be held as follows:

Written statements may be submitted to NYS DEC until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2010.

New York Considers Chemicals to Avoid List

New York is poised to create a list of 85 chemicals for state agencies to avoid buying in an effort to comply with Gov. David Paterson's 2008 executive order to buy environmentally friendly products.

The "chemical avoidance list" comes from an advisory council that supports ridding the marketplace of toxic chemicals. Advocates point to environmental contamination and human exposure from use, manufacturing and disposal of items that have even small quantities of substances. Business representatives argue that the risk of human exposure to chemicals must be backed by science. The list includes components of solvents, herbicides, plastics, preservatives, glues, carpets, paints, dyes and lubricants and such chemicals as Bisphonel-A, which is widely used in linings of bottles and food cans.

The state's Interagency Committee on Sustainability and Green Procurement referred the list to a subcommittee to examine it in terms of the actual purchasing that state agencies are required to do. It is unclear if and when the final recommendations will be posted for public comment.