New York Penalties and Liabilities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air: Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 71-2103, ECL 71-2105, ECL 71-2111, ECL 71-2113, and ECL 71-3803

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Asbestos: New York Labor Law (Labor Law) 909

Hazardous materials transporters: 17 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 820.10

Hazardous waste: ECL 71-2705, ECL 71-2721, ECL 71-2723, ECL 71-3703, ECL 71-2707, ECL 71-2709, ECL 71-2710 to 71-2715, ECL 71-2717, ECL 71-4303, ECL 71-2721 and ECL 71-2723

Medical waste: ECL 27-1501 to 27-1519 and ECL 71-4400 to 71-4412

Pesticides: ECL 71-2907

Solid (nonhazardous) waste: ECL 71-2703, ECL 71-2721, and ECL 71-2723

Storage tanks:

Underground storage tanks (USTs): ECL 71-1933 and ECL 71-1941


Drinking water: Public Health Law (PHL) 45-1103

Oil spills: Navigation Law (NAVL) 12-181 and ECL 71-1941

Wastewater: ECL 71-1929 and ECL 71-1933

Wetlands: ECL 71-2303, ECL 15-2723, and ECL 71-2503

Regulatory Agencies

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

New York Department of Transportation (NYDOT)

New York State Police (NYSP)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York law provides civil and criminal penalties for violations of its environmental and hazardous materials transportation regulations. The sanctions described in the TABLE are those applicable only on the state level. Federal enforcement may also be necessary for environmental violations.

Administration and enforcement. The DEC administers and enforces New York's various environmental laws. The Department of Health administers and enforces drinking water regulations.


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