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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Hazardous Waste Reduction Plans

  • DEC reviews and approves hazardous waste reduction plans for businesses that generate hazardous waste in New York State.
  • DEC uses hazardous waste generation data to identify generators subject to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) §27-0908. Generators identified are sent notification letters which reference guidance documents to assist them in the preparation of a hazardous waste reduction plan. Plans must identify hazardous waste generation and evaluate technically feasible and economically practicable alternatives to reduce hazardous waste generation.
  • DEC may schedule a site visit with the generator to review comments on the plan and to provide technical assistance. Additional information submitted by the generator may also be reviewed to evaluate compliance with the law.
  • Businesses with plans meeting the law are sent letters of acceptance and notified that in a year an Annual Status Report is due and a year later a Biennial Update is due. The DEC also maintains databases containing information on the hazardous waste generators subject to the reduction planning requirements in New York State.

A Guidance Document for Hazardous Waste Reduction Plans, Annual Status Reports & Biennial Updates is available in the link to the right.