New legislation protects NY waters from waste

June 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Dumping

Large industrial water users will have to get a state permit for water withdrawals under a bill that was a top priority for environmental groups this legislative session.

The Water Withdrawal Permitting Program bill was passed by the Assembly as part of its Earth Day package this spring and won unanimous approval in the Senate Thursday. It awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.

The measure requires anyone with the capacity to withdraw more than 100,000 gallons of water per day to first obtain a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said implementing a statewide program to monitor the large-scale withdrawal of water is consistent with actions being taken in other states and is supported by both the environmental and business community.

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