New York Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of New York's Environmental Rules


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In New York, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). DEC is responsible for protecting New York's land, water, and air from pollution. New York has been delegated authority by EPA to administer and enforce regulatory programs governing air quality, hazardous substances, hazardous waste, solid waste, and water quality. Various state regulatory requirements are more stringent than corresponding federal requirements.


New York's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. New York's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, nonattainment areas, hazardous air pollutants, new source performance standards, and numerous other air-related requirements.

The Division of Air Resources in DEC's Office of Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, along with DEC's Office of Regional Affairs and Permitting, is responsible for administering and enforcing New York's air pollution rules. New York City Department of Environmental Protection works in conjunction with DEC to administer and enforce the state regulations within New York City.


DEC has incorporated many of the federal water pollution requirements into its regulatory scheme. Examples of this incorporation are New York's effluent limitations and toxic effluent standards. The state has also adopted the federal pretreatment standards. ...

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