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The oil and gas industry enjoys a special exemption from New York State requirements governing the treatment of hazardous waste. Although waste from oil and gas operations – including extraction using hydrofracking – can contain hazardous contaminants, it's categorically excluded from hazardous waste treatment, storage, transportation and disposal requirements due to a legal loophole.
Since 2010, more than 608,000 tons of solid waste and 23,000 barrels of liquid waste have been shipped from Pennsylvania to New York landfills and wastewater treatment facilities for disposal — all of it exempt from hazardous waste regulations.
The fracking hazardous waste loophole legislation (A.2655/S.3392), sponsored by Assemblymember Steve Englebright and Senator Rachel May, would close this loophole and ensure that the hazardous waste is treated as such regardless of its source.
Contact your state representatives today and urge them to close the fracking hazardous waste loophole during the 2020 legislative session!
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