Environment Committee Update
Darren Suarez, Director of Government Affairs
October 27, 2016
- 2016 Annual Environmental Conference -- November 14-16
This two day event brings together experts from both the private and public sectors to interact and share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York State.
This year’s agenda includes numerous engaging and enlightening speakers, including Judge Victoria Graffeo. Judge Graffeo is a former judge of the New York State's Court of Appeals. Judge Graffeo was appointed to the court by Governor George Pataki in 2000 for a 14-year term.
Judge Graffeo served on the states highest court during many important environmental and land use issue cases but none more closely watched than Wallach v. Town of Dryden. In Wallach the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law does not preempt local zoning ordinances that effectively ban oil and gas extraction.
The Business Council is very pleased to announce that Commissioner Basil Seggos will be the lunch speaker. Commissioner Basil Seggos served as both Deputy Secretary for the Environment and Assistant Secretary for the Environment to Governor Cuomo, advising the Governor on environmental policy and overseeing the operations of the state's environmental agencies, including the DEC, the Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Environmental Facilities Corporation, and the Adirondack Park Agency.
To read the full agenda, go to Business Council Annual Environmental Conference.
- Proposed Amendments 6 NYCRR Part 232 (Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Facilities)
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has begun stakeholder meetings to discuss repealing and replacing 6 NYCRR Part 232 (Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Facilities) with a revised and retitled Part 232 regulation (Dry Cleaning Facilities) that regulates both perchloroethlyene (perc) and alternative solvent dry cleaning facilities.
Specifically, the Department is proposing to adopt a future ban on all perc dry cleaning machines and the phase out of third generation machines by December 31, 2021. Provided variances will be granted to relocate compliant, fourth generation perc dry cleaning machines that are less than 10 years old to new, stand-alone locations under the same ownership.
The Business Council will be participating in the upcoming stakeholder meetings and will share information regarding those meetings with interested members. Furthermore, the Business Council will formulate and provide input to the Department regarding the proposed amendments.
The Department has begun discussions with stakeholders on the development of rules and regulations on standards for reuse, e-waste acceptance credits, waivers of recycling surcharges, and acceptable alternative methods for determination of sales data, among other areas in the Act that may require further clarification or guidance. The rule-making process has begun and will be developed to reflect many of the challenges and lessons learned during the earlier implementation of the program.
The Business Council has participated in the stakeholder discussions and will be seeking member input on potential regulations.