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Environmental Cleanup and Brownfield News and Events

2015 - 2016 Enacted New York State Budget Reforms

Brownfields Reform and State Superfund

The 2015 - 2016 New York State Budget extends the Brownfields Cleanup Program for ten years, and includes important reforms to protect taxpayers and promote brownfield redevelopment, particularly Upstate. The Budget also includes a new $100 million appropriation and extends the State Superfund cleanup program for 10 years, which has been instrumental in identifying, investigating and cleaning up hazardous waste sites throughout the State.

DEC will be updating its brownfield program web pages in the coming months to reflect program changes.

Additional information:

6 NYCRR Part 375 - Environmental Remediation Programs
Proposed Amendments to Brownfield Cleanup Program

This rule making will amend Part 375 to define the terms 'affordable housing project' and 'underutilized,' which will be part of the eligibility requirements for tangible property tax credits for brownfields in New York City. It will also amend the 'brownfield site' definition in accordance with recent statutory amendments. Comment period ended August 5, 2015.

Enhance Oil Spill Preparedness

In response to the increased volume of crude oil being transported through New York State, the Budget provides funding for additional staff dedicated to oil spill planning, training and response, consistent with Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 125, which outlines steps the State is taking to improve oil spill response and prevention. The Budget also provides the necessary funding for planning and preparedness costs and ensures the solvency of the Oil Spill Fund by increasing fees for oil transported through New York.

Contaminated Sites Email Listservs

DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation is committed to informing and involving the public during the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites being addressed under the State's various remedial programs. As a listserve member, you will periodically receive site-related information/announcements for all contaminated sites in the counties you select. DEC invites you to receive site information by email by signing up at the appropriate county listserv(s), which can be found on the page titled Contaminated Sites Email Listservs.

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