Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a new set of regulations that will protect New York from oil and gas waste.
The bill (S3392/A2655), which was introduced by Senator Rachel May and Assemblymember Steve Englebright, closes a loophole that prevented those wastes, which are highly toxic and even radioactive, from being classified as hazardous waste.
Food & Water Action Senior Organizer Eric Weltman issued the following statement:
“With today’s bill-signing, Governor Cuomo has struck another blow against the fossil fuel industry. Waste has been called the Achilles’ Heel of the fracking industry, because it’s so toxic, there’s so much of it, and it can’t be disposed of safely. Having banned fracking in New York, Cuomo has taken another important step towards making New York frack-free, protecting our water, health, and environment from the industry’s toxic wastes."