Category: Legislation

REMINDER: New E-Waste Site Law in Effect Beginning Jan1, 2015

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Reminds us about the E-waste Law   Computers, TVs, printers, phones and more are often made with heavy metals and toxic chemicals that harm our environment and public health (particularly when incinerated or dumped in landfills).  After the New Year, the final leg of New York’s 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw away so-called “e-waste” in the garbage. Violators will be charged a $100 fine for each infraction.  The law prevents heavy metals, acids and other hazardous materials from ending up in soil and drinking water.

There are a variety of easy ways to dispose of e-waste: 1) the retailer from which you purchased the product may accept it for recycling 2) local municipalities often schedule e-waste recycling days 3) the E-Waste Alliance Network allows you to search by county for recycling facilities.  Go to: http://www.ewaste.com/partners.php  4) and the DEC maintains a list of waste recyclers.  Go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/9085.html.      HOWEVER, this year’s 5th Annual Earth Day Festival (Sat. April 18th) at Louis Engel Waterfront Park will continue the tradition of offering an E-Waste  Collection site.  Maybe some pre-pre Spring clean-out this winter?

 

THIS Thursday 7/17: Free Film Screening “Living for 32″

homepage-colin-04Please join the The Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series at 630p at the Ossining Public Library’s Budarz Theatre for a screening of Living for 32, A film about the 32 murdered in the tragic Virginia Tech shooting, and the 32 people killed by guns everyday in America. The Screening will be followed by a panel discussion  on gun violence/safety issues here in the USA.  All are encouraged to participate in this all-too-important conversation; As always, admission is FREE to all & as always, all opinions are invited.   Our Motto: “Building Community One Film at a Time”Our panelists are: Alexandra Dubroff, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Justin Wagner, who is running for New York State Senate in the Hudson Valley’s 40th Senate District; Benjamin Rosenshine, President & CEO at Blueline Tactical, LLC. For our panelists detailed bios please visit: http://ossiningdocumentaries.org/upcoming-films/july-living-for-32/

 

Household Materials Recovery Facility Opens

On Thursday April 12, 2012, the county’s new state-of-the-art Household Materials Recovery Facility (aka, the H-MRF) officially opened.

The H-MRF, centrally located  on the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla, offers residents a year-round disposal outlet for those hard-to-get-rid-of household items, including chemicals (pesticides, flammable liquids, pool chemicals and cleaning products), tires, re-chargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs, Freon-containing appliances, electronic waste,  propane tanks, and confidential documents for shredding.  Prescription medicines can be delivered on the first Tuesday of every month.

The H-MRF is open three days a week, by appointment.  Visit www.westchestergov.com/hmrf for more information.

The H-MRF is intended to replace the Household Material Recovery Days (H-MRDs) held periodically in different locations around the county.

EPA Announces New Green Infrastructure Website and Technical Assistance

Building on our 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil our new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities.

Our new website repackages and expands upon our previous website to showcase EPA’s research on green infrastructure and to serve as a gateway to the wealth of resources developed by governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector.

Stakeholders will be able to consult our website for up-to-date information on green infrastructure publications, tools, and opportunities.

The first opportunity we are announcing through our website is the availability of direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality.

Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater.  The total EPA assistance available is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10-20 projects.

The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 – $100,000. Letters of interest must be received by April 6, 2012.

http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/

http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/gi_support.cfm#CommunityPartnerships

Release of NYS Climate Action Plan Interim Report

Governor David A. Paterson has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by 80 percent below levels emitted in year 1990, by year 2050. He directed the New York State Climate Action Council to identify actions that can achieve that goal, adapt New York to the effects of unavoidable climate change and stimulate the growth of a clean energy economy.

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NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual (Updated)

The updated New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual with new Technical Standards for green infrastructure was released earlier this month.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html

The New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual provides designers with a general overview on how to size, design, select, and locate stormwater management practices at a development site to comply with State stormwater performance standards. This manual is a key component of the Phase II State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit for stormwater runoff from construction activities from all sizes of disturbance.

This manual has been prepared by the Center for Watershed Protection for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and made available to the Empire State Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for distribution.

The New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual is available for download at this site. Alternatively, the document may be purchased as a paper copy by sending an order form to the Empire State Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html