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For immediate release:
Monday, September 12, 2016
For more information contact:
Brian Smith, Associate Executive Directo, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org
Hanna Ring, CNY Program Coordinator, 315-472-1339, hring@citizenscampaign.org

DEC CAN PROTECT NEW YORK FROM TOXIC FRACKING WASTE

With the comment period on the revised Part 360 regulations set to close tomorrow, CCE and members of the public call on DEC to eliminate the remaining threats of hydrofracking

Syracuse, NY—The public only has until September 13th to comment on the revised Part 360 regulations being proposed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The Part 360 regulations govern solid waste management in NYS, including waste from oil and gas operations. While Governor Cuomo announced that New York would not allow fracking in December of 2014, New York remains at risk to fracking waste that is being dumped in our landfills and spread on our roads. The proposed Part 360 regulations, which are being overhauled for the first time since 1993, do not go far enough to protect New York from the dangers of fracking waste.

“New York determined that fracking posed too great of a risk to be permitted, yet has failed to protect New Yorkers from dangerous fracking wastes. We applaud the DEC for revising the outdated Part 360 regulations; yet urge them to provide better protections against fracking waste. The only way to ensure the public and environment are protected is by prohibiting the disposal of fracking waste in landfills, prohibiting liquid waste from oil and gas operations from being spread on roads, and closing the hazardous waste loophole,” said Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, over 590,000 tons of radioactive drill cuttings from the Marcellus Shale have been dumped in New York landfills since 2010. These landfills are not equipped to handle this type of dangerous waste. NYS also allows gas and oil storage and production brine to be spread onto roadways for dust control and snow and ice removal. Brine from hydraulic fracturing operations can contain heavy metals, radiation, and carcinogens such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX). The problem is further exacerbated by the “hazardous waste loophole” in New York, which allows fracking waste that may be hazardous to not be classified hazardous, and therefore not treated as hazardous. The disposal and use of wastes from hydraulic fracturing pose an immense risk to New York’s public health, air, soil and water.

CCE has generated over 1,200 letters to the DEC from members of the public and over 5,000 New York residents have signed petitions calling for the Part 360 regulations to prohibit the disposal and use of fracking waste in New York State. CCE is encouraging members of the public to submit comments by the September 13 deadline. Information can be found on the DEC website.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by hring  9/12/16