New York Governor Cuomo signed S.3392 (May)/A.2655 (Englebright) into law, closing a hazardous waste loophole that has allowed over 640,000 tons of waste from fracking sites in Pennsylvania to be disposed of in the state. New York has become first state in the US to ensure that oil and gas waste that meets the definition of “hazardous” is properly regulated. Efforts are underway in Pennsylvania to take similar action.
“New York has set a powerful precedent to treat hazardous oil and gas waste for what it is,” says Earthworks’ Policy Analyst Melissa Troutman. “This victory for the health and safety of communities should be quickly repeated in Pennsylvania, the origin of NY’s fracking waste, and ultimately adopted by Congress. All communities in the United States deserve protection from potentially hazardous and radioactive oil and gas waste.”