|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:46:46 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] New York's standards criticized|
Environmentalists seek tougher state pollution standards Groups cite brownfield chemical levels By Cara Matthews Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY) August 5, 2008ALBANY -- The state's cleanup standards for chemicals commonly found at polluted sites known as brownfields are weaker than federal government laws and should be strengthened, environmental groups claimed Monday.
A survey released by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, the New York Public Research Interest Group and other organizations compared the state's standards to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's and other states. The federal lead standard, for example, allows only 800 parts per million to be left at an industrial site, but New York permits 3,900 parts per million.
Gov. David A. Paterson recently signed a law to revamp the brownfields program by putting emphasis on tax incentives for cleanup rather than redevelopment. Previously, some developers who spent the minimum on remediation were able to reap millions of dollars in tax credits for redevelopment.
... For the entire article, see http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080805/NEWS01/808050342/1001 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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