Governing Law and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
New York Department of Transportation (DOT)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York generally follows the federal financial responsibility requirements with additional rules for medical waste transporters, petroleum facilities, solid waste landfills, solid waste management facilities, hazardous waste transporters, and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). In addition, New York allows fewer funding mechanisms, and the amount of the state’s liability coverage for nonsudden occurrences is greater.
New York follows federal financial responsibility rules for underground storage tanks (USTs). See the national section FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for the required amount of financial coverage and compliance mechanisms. However, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) may determine that financial assurance in a designated amount is required to ensure proper closure of USTs. See the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for the DEC requirements. UST owners and operators may be able to use the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund (Oil Spill Fund) as a financial assurance mechanism.
•Administration and enforcement.