NY has a new list of environmental laws | News

ALBANY (TNS) — Say goodbye to those tiny plastic shampoo and body lotion containers found in many hotel rooms. A bill restricting the use of bottles is part of a package of environmental bills Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law last week.

“Climate change and pollution are two of the most serious issues affecting the health and quality of life of New Yorkers,” Hochul said in a statement after the bill was signed. “These pieces of legislation will allow our state to remain a national leader, not only in the fight for air and water quality, but also in ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable future for people. generations.”

Removing bottles, a source of plastic waste, should make way for the permanent placement of soap and lotion dispensers in hotel bathrooms, proponents say.

Another bill establishes a list of emerging contaminants, which will be updated every three years. These are non-regulated chemicals that, based on federal law, must be considered for a new list of controlled substances that the EPA updates every five years.

By establishing a list, the state will be in a better position to regulate these chemicals if they end up in the drinking water supply.

The Soil Health and Climate Resilience Act was also approved, which directs the Ministry of Agriculture and Markets, in cooperation with the National Soil and Water Conservation Committee, to adopt policies aimed at to maximize soil health and hopefully reduce the chemicals used in agriculture.

The Lead-Free Schools Water Bill reduces the level at which action must be taken for lead in school water supplies from 0.015 milligrams per liter to 0.005 milligrams per liter. Some of that is expected to be paid for by the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act and the new federal infrastructure and jobs law.

For summer camps, a new law bans pesticides on summer camp playgrounds or sports fields.

Another bill directs the state health department to conduct a study of the incidence of asthma in cities and towns with populations over 90,000.

A bio-heating bill establishes minimum levels of biodiesel used for heating. By July 2022, heating oil must contain 5% biodiesel and this rate will increase to 10% by July 2025. Switching to biofuel reduces emissions of multiple pollutants and greenhouse gases.

A bill, which the governor did not make public but which was also signed into law, was a measure establishing a framework for cement manufacturers to consider ways to reduce their carbon footprint during the manufacturing process. While relying on many environmentalists, some campaigners fear this will eventually make it easier to incinerate waste at cement plants.