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Albany Environmental News - July 2016

Below are recent regulatory issues and laws just passed by both houses of the NYS Legislature including one signed by Governor Cuomo must still decide whether to sign or veto.

1. Statute of Limitations Set by Superfund Designation

SO 6824A/A 9568-A, (Hoosick Falls Bill) adds a new CPLR section 214-f, which adds a Statute of Limitations of three years from the state or federal Superfund listing of a site which causes personal injury damages due to exposure to substances found within the site.

2. Abandoned "Zombie" Foreclosed Property Obligations
The law establishes lender obligations to maintain small foreclosed residential properties even during the pendency of foreclosure proceedings. Under the legislation, banks will have a pre-foreclosure duty to maintain vacant and abandoned properties. Banks would also incur daily fines if they don't maintain these properties.

Governor Cuomo has signed this bill into law.

3. Testing for Lead in School Water

The Senate and Assembly passed legislation to require schools to test for lead in their water via amendments to the PHL and Education Law. The law provides for: parents and teacher notification; schools reimbursement for both testing and remediation; and, a new statewide database of test results.

In other Albany regulatory news:

1. NYSDEC and NYSDOH have announced an initiative to improve New Yorker's ability to dispose of unwanted medications.

2. Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act
New rule makings and grants have been announced to further the goals of this law.

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