Category: Legislation

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

Action Alert: Support Strong Climate Change Legislation for NY

Click here to submit form to your State Senator and Assembly Member In support of A.7572-A/ S.4315-C, the Global Warming Pollution Control Act…
http://nylcv.e-actionmax.com/takeaction.asp?aaid=4750

Scientific researchers have provided strong evidence that the Earth’s climate is warming due to increasing levels of greenhouse gasses (GHG) like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, in the atmosphere. The rising amounts of GHGs are caused in significant part by human activity, including industrial activities

The Global Warming Pollution Control Act establishes greenhouse gas limits and a greenhouse gas reporting system. This bill addresses the critical issue of climate change by directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to establish a GHG emissions limit from all sources in New York State.

New York must replace its piecemeal approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a comprehensive limit, as mandated by the Global Warming Pollution Control Act. Doing so sends a clear message to private investors that New York is committed to developing a green economy. It is this private investment that will spur the development and growth of green industries throughout the state, resulting in much-needed jobs and additional revenue sources.

We need your help to convince the full Senate and Assembly that global warming must be addressed. Please join environmental advocates statewide in making your voice heard today!

Click here to submit form to your State Senator and Assembley Member In support of A.7572-A/ S.4315-C, the Global Warming Pollution Control Act…
http://nylcv.e-actionmax.com/takeaction.asp?aaid=4750

New York League of Conservation Voters