Comment Today: Proposed Changes to Part 360 Regulations
The deadline to comment is fast approaching - September 13th!
Tell DEC its proposed revisions to New York's solid waste regulations must be strengthened!
The revisions do not protect against the harms of oil and gas drilling wastes and incinerator wastes going into New York’s municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction & demolition (C&D) landfills, they remove the incentives for municipal recycling, and they provide for a huge increase in the size of every landfill in the state by modifying landfill slope rules. DEC must:
- Prohibit the disposal of shale gas waste in MSW and C&D landfills,
- Prohibit incineration of municipal waste and the disposal of incineration wastes in MSW and C&D landfills,
- Restore incentives for municipalities to reduce waste by recycling, and
- Restore existing landfill slope rules and not allow a backdoor expansion to every landfill.
DEC needs to revisit its overhaul of the solid waste regulations with an eye toward imposing requirements that will reduce demand for landfills. There is nothing in these proposed regulations that puts any teeth in New York's avowed goal of reducing waste.
New York cannot keep expanding its landfills without tremendous consequences to air and water in the state. The draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement accompanying the proposed revisions completely ignores the environmental impacts that may result from the proposed regulatory changes. The GEIS fails to identify and take a hard look at many areas of relevant environmental concern. An adequate environmental impact analysis must be conducted!
Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2016.
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