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Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations

This page lists rules and regulations that have been proposed or recently adopted and emergency regulations that are in effect. This page will be updated whenever new regulations are proposed or information changes.

Underlines contained in the text of proposed regulations denote new material. Brackets [ ] indicate material to be deleted.

Proposed Regulations Available for Public Comment

  1. Part 208 Landfill Gas Collection and Control Systems for Certain Municipal Solid Waste Landfills - This proposal will revise Part 208 and attendant revisions to Part 200 to incorporate the new federal Emission Guideline for reducing emissions from MSW Landfills.
  2. Part 226 Solvent Metal Cleaning Processes - This proposal will establish lower VOC limits to cold cleaning solvents and remove the stipulation that they only apply to the cleaning of metal. Existing Part 226 will be re-designated Subpart 226-1 to accommodate the addition of a new rule, Subpart 226-2 Industrial Cleaning Solvents, which establishes VOC content limits for cleaning solvents used in operations not covered by other regulations.
  3. 6 NYCRR Sections 10.1, 10.10, 11.2, 35.1, 35.3, 42.2, 43-1.1, 43-2.1, 45.1, 47.1, 576.2, and 591.3 - This proposal will amend 6 NYCRR Sections 10.1, 10.10, 11.2, 35.1, 35.3, 42.2, 43-1.1, 43-2.1, 45.1, 47.1, 576.2, and 591.3, to replace all references to the Tappan Zee Bridge with the name of the new bridge -- the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Comments will be accepted from February 20 until April 22, 2019.
  4. Part 40 Striped Bass - This rulemaking proposes to open the commercial striped bass season two weeks earlier. There will be no changes to the commercial striped bass quota. Comments will be accepted February 13, 2019 through April 15, 2019.
  5. Part 205 Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings - The purpose of this rulemaking is to reduce emissions from AIM coatings by reducing the volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits for some coating categories. In addition, this revision removes the quart exemption. Written comments will be accepted through 5:00 pm May 20, 2019.
  6. Part 227-3 Ozone Season Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) Emission Limits for Simple Cycle and Regenerative Combustion Turbine. DEC is proposing to establish lower NOX emissions standards for simple cycle and regenerative combustion turbines during the ozone season. Comments will be accepted from February 27, 2019 to May 20, 2019.
  7. Parts 700, 703, and 890, BEACH Act Standards and Reclassification Rule - Revised proposed amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 700, 703, and 890, to adopt new water quality standards for enterococci and E. coli to meet the requirements of federal law and to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters in the New York Harbor. Comments on the revised rule making will be accepted from February 27, 2019 to April 15, 2019.

Proposed Regulations Pending (Public Comment Period Closed)

  1. Parts 3.1 and 3.2, Sections 11-0303, 11-0311, 11-0903 and 11-0905 - Protection of diamondback terrapin. This rulemaking is necessary to close the open season on diamondback terrapin.
  2. Part 44 Jonah Crab - This rulemaking is necessary to comply with the Jonah Crab Fisheries Management Plan.
  3. Part 69 and Part 101, Sections 11-0303, 11-0321 and 11-2101 - Regional Hunting Regulations - This rulemaking is necessary to repeal regional hunting regulations.
  4. Proposed Section 190.36 Northern Catskill Riparian Areas - The purpose of this rule is to ensure public safety and protect natural resources on the Northern Catskill Riparian Areas.
  5. Proposed Part 251, CO2 Performance Standards for Major Electric Generating Facilities - - This rule making will establish CO2 emissions standards for non-modified existing major electric generating facilities, while leaving unchanged the existing CO2 emission standards for new and modified major electric generating facilities. The proposed revisions to Part 200 will update incorporated references to federal rules.
  6. Proposed Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines - The Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to amend 6 NYCRR Part 218 and 6 NYCRR Section 200.9 to incorporate California's latest greenhouse gas (GHG) standards. Comments are accepted through 5:00 pm March 18, 2019

Emergency Regulatory Actions

  1. Emergency Adoption Part 218, Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Engines - The Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted an emergency regulation amending 6 NYCRR Part 218 and 6 NYCRR Section 200.9 to incorporate California's latest greenhouse gas (GHG) standards.

Recently Adopted Regulations (Previous Twelve Months)

  1. Adopted Parts 243, 244, 245 - Effective on January 2, 2019. This rule making is in response to EPA comments and to conform to the federal CSAPR Update. They are technical corrections, clarifications, cross-reference revisions, and deadline adjustments.
  2. 6 NYCRR Part 41 - Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands - Adopted on November 14, 2018. Effective on November 14, 2018 This rulemaking is necessary to prevent the harvest of shellfish from areas that do not meet water quality standard and protect the public health.
  3. 6 NYCRR Part 40 - Black Sea Bass - Adopted on November 14, 2018. Effective on June 20, 2018. Black Sea Bass - This rulemaking is in response to changes required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's fishery management plan for black sea bass.
  4. 6 NYCRR Part 44 - Lobster - Adopted on September 5, 2018. Effective on April 26, 2018. This rule making is necessary to reduce the economic burden on New York State licensed lobster harvesters who are unable to take lobsters for four months each year due to the closed seasons in Lobster Management Areas (LMA) 4 and 6.
  5. 6 NYCRR Part 40 - Tautog - Adopted on August 22, 2018. Effective on March 30, 2018. This rulemaking is necessary to satisfy the latest reduction in the harvest of tautog as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
  6. 6 NYCRR Part 40 - Summer Flounder and Scup - Adopted on August 22, 2018. Effective on March 30, 2018. This rulemaking is necessary to make New York's scup and summer flounder regulations less restrictive and is in compliance with the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
  7. Part 617 - State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) - Adopted on June 27, 2018. Effective on January 1, 2019. This rulemaking amends the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.
  8. A new subdivision to 6 NYCRR Section 190.35, Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor - Effective June 27, 2018. The purpose of this subdivision is to protect public safety and natural resources on the Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor.
  9. Part 482-2 - Operating Permit Program Fee - Effective June 27, 2018. 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.
  10. Part 43 Non-Atlantic Surfclams - Adopted on May 2, 2018. Effective on May 2, 2018. This rule making is necessary to modify the permit requirements for the surfclam fishery in New York State waters outside the Atlantic Ocean. The rule making was filed as a consensus rule making; DEC seeks to reduce the paperwork burden on permit holders and streamline the permitting process.
  11. Part 49 - Bay Scallops - Adopted on April 25, 2018. Effective on April 25, 2018- This rule making is necessary to clarify the current size limit provisions for taking of bay scallops.
  12. Part 380 - Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Radioactive Materials - Effective May 10, 2018. DEC amended 6 NYCRR Part 380 to incorporate eight federal rule changes that have occurred from 1991 to 2008 for the Radiation Program; clarify and improve the regulation; and add a 10 milirem constraint on airborne emissions, which has been implemented for several years through Radiation Control Permit conditions.
  13. Parts 44, 50 - Whelk and Crab - Adopted on March 28, 2018. Effective on March 28, 2018. This rule making is necessary to promote prudent management strategies for crabs, horseshoe crabs and whelk.

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