For Immediate Release: August 3, 2020
Albany – Today, Governor Cuomo signed A.2655/S.3392, which closes the hazardous waste loophole, a loophole that allows hydrofracking waste to escape the definition of hazardous, leading to it being disposed of improperly.
The following statement is attributable to Maureen Cunningham, senior director for clean water at Environmental Advocates NY:
“New York has led the nation in banning fracking, and we are grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo for ensuring that fracking waste will no longer contaminate New York’s land and water. With this new law that took many years in the making, we say goodbye once and for all to the gaping loophole that allowed radioactive fracking waste to be shipped into our state and dangerously dumped in our municipal landfills. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, the NYS Legislature, partner organizations and the thousands of advocates who worked tirelessly on this issue for years, today we have moved one step closer to ensuring clean water and a healthy environment for all New Yorkers.”