Great news for all New Yorkers! The fracking waste loophole is finally beginning to close. The “Uniform Treatment of Waste” bill just passed the NYS Senate (with bipartisan support) for the first time since its introduction back in 2011! NYSBC has been supporting this for years.
If it passes the Assembly and is signed into law by our Governor, then any fracking waste entering NYS from PA or elsewhere would have to be labeled “Hazardous” …finally!
Currently, due to a federal exemption, the fossil fuel industry does not have to disclose what’s in their proprietary fracking formulae, and they have been disposing of their waste in NYS’s municipal landfills and water treatment plants, which are clearly not equipped to treat the unknown hazards. We’ve been slowly poisoning our environment and ourselves with fracking waste from other states. This is unconscionable.
The uniform treat of waste bill received support from Republicans as well as Democrats, as well it should. Let’s not forget that disclosure is key to capitalism. You can’t vote with your dollar without knowing what you’re voting for, so we need transparency from businesses just as we need it from our government.
This is not a final solution, but it is a huge step in the right direction. We are not banning fracking waste. We are not requiring disclosure of their formulae. If signed into law, this bill would simply require that the waste be labeled “hazardous” and therefore transported as hazardous waste and disposed of as hazardous waste. We will update you here when this bill needs your support. Let’s see this through!