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 40 Marine Fish - Party and Charter Boats - This proposed rulemaking reinstates a provision in 6 NYCRR Section 40.1 that was inadvertently repealed in 2015. Comments will be accepted until August 13, 2016.
- Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines - DEC is proposing to amend Part 218 and Section 200.9 to incorporate California's latest low emission vehicle (LEV III) and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standards into New York's existing LEV program. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2016.
- Part 360, Solid Waste Management Facilities - This proposed rulemaking is a comprehensive revision to existing regulations. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2016.
- Parts 750 and 621 - Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act - This 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. Comments will be accepted through August 15, 2016.
Proposed Regulations Pending (Public Comment Period Closed)
- Parts 1.11, 1.18 and 1.31, Sections 11-0303, 11-0903 and 11-0907 - Deer and Bear Hunting - This rulemaking is necessary to revise regulations governing deer hunting seasons, issuance and use of deer hunting tags, and hunting black bear.
- 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.
- Part 40.1 - Marine Fish - The Management of Menhaden - This rulemaking is necessary to add menhaden and the menhaden trip limit to Table B - Commercial Fishing of 6 NYCRR subdivision 40.1(i).
- Part 43-2 - 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 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).
- 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 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.
- Part 597, Hazardous Substances Identification, Release Prohibition, and Release Reporting - Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule. This emergency rule adds perfluorooctanoic acid, ammonium perfluorooctanoate, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, and perfluorooctane sulfonate to the list of hazardous substances. While the emergency rule makes the amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 597 effective April 25, 2016, the emergency adoption is temporary. Amendments will become permanent upon adoption of proposed rule.
Emergency Regulatory Actions
- Part 40 - Marine Fish - effective June 23, 2016. The rule making proposes to implement more restrictive fishing rules for recreational anglers targeting black sea bass.
- Part 190, Section 190.35 - Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor - adopted May 19, 2016. This rulemaking is necessary to protect public health, safety, and general welfare, as well as the natural resources on the Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor.
- Part 597, Hazardous Substances Identification, Release Prohibition, and Release Reporting - adopted April 25, 2016. This rulemaking classifies perfluorooctanoic acid, ammonium perfluorooctanoate, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, and perfluorooctane sulfonate as hazardous substances.
Recently Adopted Regulations (Previous Twelve Months)
- Part 6 Sections 6.2 and 6.3 - Fisher Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits and General Trapping Regulations for Furbearers - effective July 20, 2016. This rulemaking was necessary to revise existing fisher seasons, establish a new season in central / western New York, update and clarify general trapping regulations.
- Part 375, Subparts 375-1 and 375-3 - Environmental Remediation Programs - effective August 12, 2016. The amendments to Part 375 define the terms 'affordable housing project' and 'underutilized,' which are part of the eligibility requirements for tangible property tax credits for brownfields in New York City. 'Brownfield site' definition is also amended in accordance with 2015 statutory changes.
- Part 190, Section 190.10-g - Unique Areas - effective July 13, 2016. The purpose of this regulation is to protect public safety and natural resources on the Croton Gorge Unique Area.
- Part 482-2 Operating Permit Program Fee - effective June 22, 2016. 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.
- Part 40.1 - Management of Black Sea Bass - adopted June 22, 2016. This rulemaking was necessary to adopt regulations for the management of black sea bass.
- Part 576 - Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention - effective May 25, 2016. This rulemaking will require that "reasonable precautions" are taken prior to placing watercraft into public waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
- 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).
More about Proposed Regulations:
- Air Pollution - Recently Proposed and Adopted Regulations & Policies - Proposed, emergency and recently adopted regulations pertaining to air pollution
- Quality Services Proposed Regulations - Regulations promulgated under 6 NYCRR Chapter IV, Quality Services.
- Fish and Wildlife Proposed, Emergency and Recently Adopted Regulations - Express terms and regulatory impact statements for proposed and emergency Fish and Wildlife regulations.
- Marine Resources Proposed, Emergency and Recently Adopted Regulations - Express terms and regulatory impact statements for proposed and emergency Marine Resources regulations.
- Environmental Remediation - Brownfield Cleanup Program - Adopted Regulations - Adopted regulations pertaining to 6 NYCRR Part 375 - Environmental Remediation Programs.
- Bulk Storage Emergency and 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.
- Solid Waste Management Facilities (Part 360), Proposed Regulations - The existing regulations for solid waste management facilities are currently found in Part 360. A component of this proposed rulemaking is to subdivide the solid waste management facility regulations into groups that are similar in nature.
- 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