DEC's Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations
This page lists the rules and regulations that have been proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and on emergency and recently adopted regulations that have been adopted by the Department. Details for each proposal or adoption can be found on web pages for each division that are linked from the left column of this page. Please check back often as this page will be updated whenever new regulations are proposed.
Underlines contained in the text of proposed regulations denote new material. Brackets [ ] indicate material to be deleted.
Proposed Regulations Available for Public Comment
- Part 1, Section 180.3 - Big Bore Air Rifles - This rulemaking is necessary to allow big bore air rifles as legal implements for hunting big game. Comments will be accepted through February 8, 2016.
- Part 222, Distributed Generation Sources - The primary purpose of this regulation is to establish NOx emission limits for distributed generation sources that are not subject to Subpart 227-2 (NOx RACT rule). Comments will be accepted through February 18, 2016.
- Part 592 - Conservation Easements - The purpose of this regulation is to provide standards and a procedures for DEC staff to utilize when modifying or extinguishing a conservation easement administered by DEC. It will also provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the conservation easement amendment process. Comments will be accepted until February 13, 2016.
Proposed Regulations Pending (Public Comment Period Closed)
- Part 6, Sections 6.2 and 6.3 - Fisher Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits and General Trapping Regulations for Furbearers - This rulemaking is necessary to establish certain basic wildlife management tools, including the setting of open areas for trapping fisher and other furbearers.
- Part 40, Sections 13-0303 and 13-0340-f - Management of Black Sea Bass - This rulemaking is necessary to adopt regulations for the management of black sea bass.
- Part 43, Section 13-0309 - Atlantic Ocean Surfclam Management - This rulemaking is necessary to amend surfclam regulations to provide consistency with management measures of the Fishery Management Plan.
- Part 183, Sections 183.1, 183.2 and 183.4 - License Issuing Officers & Part 184, Sections 184.3, 184.4 and 184.6 - Wildlife Rehabilitators - This rulemaking is necessary to establish qualifications for License Issuing Agents and Wildlife Rehabilitators.
- Part 375, Subparts 375-1 and 375-3 - Environmental Remediation Programs -This rulemaking will 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.
- Part 490 - Projected Sea-level Rise - DEC is proposing to establish a new 6 NYCRR Part 490, which will establish projections of sea-level rise in three specified geographic regions over various time intervals, but will not impose any requirements on any entity.
- Part 576 - Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention - This rulemaking will require that "reasonable precautions" are taken prior to placing watercraft into public waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
- Parts 750 and 621 - Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act - The purpose of this proposed rulemaking is to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know (SPRTK) Act, ECL §17-0826-a, which is intended to benefit the public health and the environment.
Emergency Regulatory Actions
- Part 41, Sections 11-0303, 11-0307 and 13-0319 - Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands - adopted October 14, 2015; expires March 12, 2016. This rulemaking is to reclassify shellfish lands to prohibit the harvest of shellfish.
- Part 49, Section 49.1 - Bay Scallops (Argopecten irradians) - adopted March 27, 2015; expired June 25, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to provide additional harvesting opportunities to commercial bay scallop harvesters due to extreme winter conditions this year.
Recently Adopted Regulations (Previous Twelve Months)
- Part 200 - General Provisions - effective February 5, 2016. DEC has amended the list of federal New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants that are incorporated by reference by New York State.
- Part 10 Sections 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4 - Sportfishing and Associated Activities - adopted January 6, 2016. This rulemaking is to amend and update the DEC's general regulations governing sportfishing.
- Part 243, Transport Rule NOx Ozone Season Trading Program, Part 244, Transport Rule NOx Annual Trading Program Part 245, Transport Rule SO2 Trading Program - effective December 12, 2015. DEC repealed Parts 243, 244, and 245 (collectively, the NYS CAIR) and replaced them with three new rules. These new incorporate the EPA's CSAPR and allow DEC to allocate CSAPR allowances to regulated entities in New York.
- Part 218 - Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines and Part 200 - General Provisions - effective December 9, 2015. This rulemaking incorporates California's latest greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards into New York's existing low emission vehicle program.
- Parts 701 and 703 - Class I and Class SD Waters - effective November 4, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to meet the "swimmable" goal of the federal Clean Water Act.
- Part 192, Section 192.7 - Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine - effective October 31, 2015. The purpose of this regulation is to restrict the movement of emerald ash borer by regulating movement of host materials.
- Part 40, Section 1 - Recreational Harvest of Black Sea Bass - adopted October 7, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to reduce recreational black sea bass harvest by 33% by increasing the fish minimum size to 14 inches.
- Parts 595-599, 612-614, 370, 374-2 - Bulk Storage of Petroleum and Chemicals; and Management of Used Oil - adopted September 30, 2015. The petroleum and chemical bulk storage revisions are effective October 11, 2015; the management of used oil revisions are effective November 10, 2015. The revised regulations reflect changes in State laws and federal laws and regulations.
- Part 10 - Sportfishing Regulations and Part 40 - Marine Fish (Striped Bass) - adopted August 5, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to reduce fishing mortality of striped bass to promote stable fish populations, and to remain in compliance with the ASMFC FMP.
- Part 1, Sections 1.11 and 1.30 - Deer Hunting Seasons and Deer Management Assistance Permits - adopted August 5, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to establish, or authorize the department to establish by regulation, certain basic wildlife management tools, including the setting of open areas, and restrictions on methods of take and possession.
- Part 1, Section 1.40 - Hunting Wild Turkey - adopted July 22, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to amend wild turkey hunting regulations to revise the fall hunting season structure (season zones, season length, bag limit).
- Part 482-2 - Operating Program Fees - effective June 17, 2015. This regulation establishes the fee to be paid by all facilities that are subject to the requirements of Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act (Act).
- Part 212 - Process Operations - effective June 14, 2015. This rule will align Part 212 and the permitting program by establishing consistent terminology between Part 212 and Parts 200 and 201.
- Part 44, Section 44.1 - Lobsters - adopted May 6, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to implement ASMFC American Lobster Fishery Management Plan Addendum XVII and allow the lobster stock to rebuild.
- Part 40, Section 40.7 - Coastal Sharks - Open Seasons, Size and Catch Limits - adopted April 22, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to make state regulations consistent with federal rules and maintain compliance with the ASMFC Interstate FMP for coastal sharks.
- Parts 10, 18, 19 and 35 - Sportfishing Regulations; Taking Bait; Use of Bait, Fish for Bait, and Bait Fish; Licenses - adopted March 11, 2015; effective April 1, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to revise sportfishing regulations and associated activities including the commercial collection, sale and use of baitfish.
- Part 570 - Liquefied Natural Gas - effective February 26, 2015. The addition of Part 570 to 6 NYCRR establishes a permitting program for the safe siting, construction and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and transportation of LNG in New York State.
- Part 189 - Chronic Wasting Disease - adopted February 11, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to prevent importation of chronic wasting disease infectious material from the State of Ohio into New York.
- Part 40 - Marine Fish - Open Seasons, Size and Catch Limits (Winter Flounder) - adopted January 28, 2015. This rulemaking was necessary to extend the recreational winter flounder fishing open season from April 1 - May 30 to March 1 - December 31.
More about Proposed Regulations:
- Air Pollution Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations - Proposed, emergency and recently adopted regulations pertaining to air pollution
- Quality Services Proposed Regulations - Regulations promulgated under 6 NYCRR Chapter IV, Quality Services.
- Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Proposed, Emergency and Recently Adopted Regulations - Express terms and regulatory impact statements for proposed and emergency Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources regulations.
- Environmental Remediation - Brownfield Cleanup Program Proposed Regulations - Proposed regulations pertaining to 6 NYCRR Part 375 - Environmental Remediation Programs.
- Bulk Storage Recently Adopted Regulations - Proposed and recently adopted regulations pertaining to Liquefied Natural Gas and Bulk Storage of Petroleum and Chemicals.
- Hazardous Waste Management, Draft Regulations for Consideration - DEC is amending the Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (6 NYCRR Parts 370-374 and 376). Public comments are being accepted.
- Lands and Forests Emergency, Proposed & Recently Adopted Regulations - This page lists all laws and regulations proposed, emergency and recently adopted by the Division of Lands and Forests.
- Water Proposed & Recently Adopted Regulations - Proposed, emergency and recently adopted regulations pertaining to the Division of Water