Top 10 Environmental Bills Governor Hochul Should Sign Before 2022

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2021

From the home office on Hamilton Street in Albany, Environmental Advocates NY presents the Top 10 bills Governor Kathy Hochul should sign into law before the end of the year that will deliver much needed benefits and protections to our environment and communities.  

Number 10Pesticide-Free Summer Camps would prohibit pesticide use on playgrounds, turf, and playing fields at children’s overnight camps. (A.528-A/S.4478-A) 

Number 9Improved Pesticide Reporting strengthensthe existingpesticide reporting laws. (A.4596/S.4596) 

Number 8Stopping Invasive Species authorizes inspections of motorized watercraft for aquatic invasive species. (A.7735-A/S.7010-C) 

Number 7Stop the Spread of Toxic Waste bansthe spreading of liquid oil and gas waste on public roads. (A.903/S.355) 

Number 6Ending Toxics in Products would eliminate the use of dangerous chemical fire retardants in certain consumer goods. (A.5418-B/S.4630-B) 

Number 5Travel Without Plastic gets rid of small single-use plastic bottles in hotels. (A.5082/S.543) 

Number 4Getting the Lead Out of Schools strengthens testing requirements for lead in school drinking water. (A.160-B/S.2122-A) 

Number 3Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure will help speed the build-out of afast-chargingnetwork. (A.3876/S.3929) 

Number 2Climate Friendly Farming would promote soil health research and practices. (A.5386-A/S.4722-A) 

And the Number 1 bill Governor Hochul should sign by the end of the year is: 

Number 1Expanding Drinking Water Testing creates New York’s first emerging contaminant testing list,which will ensurethat all water utilitiesacross the state monitor for potentially harmful chemicals. (A.126-A/S.1759-A) 

“The countdown has begun—24 days left in the year, 10 pieces of legislation that will protect New Yorker’s health and environment. We urge the Governor to sign these commonsense bills as soon as they hit her desk,” said Kate Kurera, Deputy Director of Environmental Advocates NY. 

With apologies to David Letterman.