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RESOLUTION ON NYS DEC AIR EMISSION REGULATIONS
Release Date: September 12, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation intends to revise regulations on oil and gas air emissions.

 

To protect the health and safety of residents, businesses, and institutions in the Town of Newburgh, the Town Supervisor and Town Board have voted to approve a resolution on the content of air emissions regulations to be developed by the NYS DEC affecting natural gas infrastructure facilities.

 

The Town Board would like the NYS DEC to adopt oil and gas air emission regulations that address the following:

 

  • Use of best management practices and protocols for gas infrastructure facilities to ensure the protection of public health, safety, and the environment;

  • Installation and use of readily available technology to lower emission rates at all gas infrastructure facilities;

  • Non-combustion and currently exempt emission sources;

  • Installation and use of specific emission control technology;

  • Implementation of best practices to reduce natural gas leakage and blowdowns;

  • Installation and use of air monitoring, and making such data readily available to the public;

  • Onsite verification of compliance with regulatory requirements and permit conditions;

  • Inspection by NYS DEC or independent registered personnel at regular intervals with reports submitted to the NYS DEC and made available to the public to detect and ensure timely elimination of natural gas leaks at gas infrastructure facilities using comprehensive detection methods and remote sensing along pipelines;

  • Advanced notification regarding all planned compressor station blowdowns and other chemical releases, and notification within 30 minutes of all unplanned blowdown;

  • Timely replacement and retrofit of technology as well as update of site practices at existing gas infrastructure facilities; and,

  • Chain of custody records and tracking for all industrial waste removed from gas infrastructure facilities.

 

The Town Clerk forwarded a copy of this resolution to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner Basil Segos, Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, Commissioner of the NYS Department of Health, Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. of the 39th District, and the office of the member of the Assembly for the 104th District.

 

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