State controls would be extended over previously unregulated solid waste streams and rules for existing landfills and other waste facilities would be tightened, under a set of proposed regulations announced Feb. 29 by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D).
The focus of the rulemaking is ensuring safe water supplies, Cuomo said in a statement.
The regulations, proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, “will help reduce contamination threats while safeguarding natural resources so that we can ensure a healthier and safer environment for communities all across this state,” he said.
The proposed rules would “address emerging threats posed by illegal dumping and large mulch facilities, while also easing regulatory burdens," added acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.