January 7, 2002
State releases report on environmental activities in fiscal year 2001
Businesses in New York State have spent some $3.1 billion since 1979 to clean Superfund sites for which they were liable, a new state report shows.
That figure represents 62 percent of the nearly $5 billion spent on Superfund sites since 1979, said Ken Pokalsky, The Council's environmental specialist.
These numbers are among the data report in a new report from the state Department of Environmental (DEC), the 2001 New York State Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Remedial Plan. This report is now available on line at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/index.html.
The report highlights environmental cleanups during that period during the 2000-01 state fiscal year which ended last March 31. It also describes policies and strategies of the state's Superfund program, DEC said in a release.
The plan notes that:
from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act (EQBA) were
fully committed during this 2000-01 fiscal year. The EQBA
provided $1.1 billion for state-funded remedial activities
at state Superfund sites.
800 sites have either been fully remediated by DEC or private
responsible parties or have received full funding for remedial
activities. DEC also identified nearly 800 additional sites
which are not fully funded that require or may require remediation.
activities are under way at 534 inactive hazardous waste
disposal sites throughout the state.
issued 53 orders on consent and amendments to orders on
consent with responsible parties, committing them to pay
for or conduct remedial activities.
were 107 municipal brownfield investigation and remediation
projects in 53 communities across the state identified to
receive $21.4 million in grants from the 1996 Clean Water/Clean
Air Bond Act.
- DEC executed 196 voluntary cleanup program agreements with volunteers to address 255 projects. Of these projects, volunteers, using private funds, have completed 33 investigations and 50 cleanups.
The report can also be obtained by calling DEC at 1-518/402- 9758, or by writing to: Attention: 2001 Remedial Plan, NYSDEC, Policy and Planning Section, 12th Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012.