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Land And Water Legislation


Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing is the process by which pressurized liquids are used to crack underground rock formations for the purpose of releasing natural gases.

S. 2248: Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands Act of 2012

“A bill to clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within State boundaries” For more information, click here.


H.R.1482: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015

“To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.” For more information, click here.


New York State’s 2015 Prohibition on Hydraulic Fracturing

After 7 years of evaluation on the environmental and health impacts of hydraulic fracking, The NY Department of Environmental Conservation issued a 2015 Findings Statement that prohibited fracking in New York, stating that there are “no feasible or prudent alternatives that would adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and that address the scientific uncertainties and risks to public health from this activity”. For more information, click here.

Green Cleaning Products

States with green cleaning laws now include: New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Maine, Vermont and Hawaii

State legislatures that have introduced green cleaning legislation include: New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, Utah, Alaska, South Dakota, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas

NY State Finance Law §162 of 2014

Mandates that agencies purchase green cleaning products from preferred vendors. For more information, click here.


NY A02096 of 2012

“Relates to the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in nursing homes, residential care facilities, senior centers and adult homes; requires commissioner to establish certain guidelines and criteria for the use of such products.” For more information, click here.


H.R.2783: Superfund Polluter Pays Act of 2015

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to reinstate and extend through December 31, 2020, the Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate and the corporate environmental income tax.” For more information, click here.]


Last updated 6-10-2016

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