New legislation includes protections for soil and water.
ALBANY – Say good-bye to the tiny plastic bottles of shampoo and body lotion that are found in many hotel rooms. Governor.gov has included a package of environmental bills that includes a bill to limit the use of plastic bottles. Kathy Hochul signed this bill.
Hochul stated that climate change and pollution were two of the most serious problems affecting New Yorkers health and quality life. Hochul made this statement after the bill was signed. These pieces of legislation will ensure that New York remains a national leader not only in the fight to clean air and water but also in securing a cleaner and more sustainable future for future generations.
Supporters say that the elimination of plastic bottles, which are a source for plastic waste, should be replaced by permanent soap and lotion dispensers in hotel bathroom bathrooms.
Another bill creates a new list of emerging contaminants. It will be updated three times a year. These unregulated chemicals, based on federal law must be considered for a new regulated substances list that the EPA updates every five year.
If these chemicals are found in drinking waters, the state will be better equipped to regulate them by creating a list.
Also approved was the Soil Health and Climate Resistance Act, which directs both the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee in order to adopt policies that maximize soil health and hopefully reduce agricultural chemical use.