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advocacy for natural resources: environmental law

environmental law

Summary of Environmental law

In addition to our action on Hydrofracking, the League  also advocates on a number of other environmental issues.

In 2012, the League supported the EPF Enhancement Act (A.10519/S.7525) and recommended that Governor Cuomo sign the bill into law. The bill, which the governor vetoed, would have provided much-needed additional funding for the state’s Environmental Protection FUND (EPF).

In 2010, the League joined a number of environmental and cancer prevention organizations in urging Governor Patterson and Governor-Elect Cuomo to reconsider the state’s decision to suspend its role in the federal Superfund sites cleanups in NYS.

Earlier in 2010, on the matter of the final environmental impact statement for decommissioning and/or long-term stewardship at the West Valley Demonstration Project and Western New York Nuclear Service Center, the League supported the Department of Energy’s decision to shorten the time frame for decision-making as stated in the draft EIS, from 30 years to ten years, if the Phased Decision-Making Alternative was chosen. However, the League still favored Site-Wide Removal of the radioactive and other chemical and hazardous waste at the site, maintaining that the site was unsuitable for storage of such waste because of the high precipitation rate in the area and the geographic instability of the terrain, subject to erosion.

In 2009, the League provided testimony before the New York State Committee on Environmental Conservation regarding clean water. The League testimony called for:

  • A regional watershed approach requiring regulations that cross municipal boundaries
  • Requiring communities to keep their water and sewage infrastructure in good working condition
  • Limiting the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; and
  • Improving coordination between the various agencies charged to protect our drinking water supplies
Environmental law: MEMOS
Environmental law: Recent Letters, Press Releases, Op Ed Pieces, and Press Coverage
Environmental law: Testimony
Environmental law: other league materials
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