State Legislature Closes Hazardous Waste Loophole

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2020

Albany – Today, the State Legislature passed 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 Rob Hayes, clean water associate at Environmental Advocates NY:

“New York led the nation to ban fracking, and now the State Legislature has ensured that fracking waste will no longer pollute our clean waters. This legislation puts an end to the egregious loophole that allows radioactive fracking waste to be shipped into our state and dangerously dumped in municipal landfills. Fracking waste is hazardous, and this legislation rightly classifies it as such. We thank Senator May and Chairman Englebright for their tireless efforts to keep our drinking water safe from fracking waste, and hope to see this legislation signed into law as soon as possible.”