Cuomo Bans Dangerous Pesticide but Environmental Bills Remain Unsigned
Thursday, December 12, 2019
ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action Wednesday to ban a pesticide that poses significant risks to children's brain development, but time is running out for him to sign a number of environmental bills that have cleared the State Legislature.
The United States banned most home uses of chlorpyrifos in 2001, but it still is commonly used in agriculture.
Saying it's necessary to protect crops, last year the Trump administration announced it would not ban the pesticide.
Kate Kurera, deputy director of Environmental Advocates of New York, calls the governor's move directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to ban chlorpyrifos in New York state an important step forward.
"It's very significant that New York has decided to take the step to ban it, and we look forward to the agency fulfilling the promise of the ban through a regulatory process," she states.
But Kurera notes that about a dozen environmental bills passed by the State Legislature could expire if the governor doesn’t sign them by the end of this year.
Among the bills still awaiting the governor's signature is an environmental justice bill that Kurera says is key to final enactment of the state's landmark Climate and Community Protection Act, mandating 100% renewable energy for New York by 2050.
"It's kind of a technical nuance that a lot of people don't know about, but it basically says this climate law comes on to effect at the passage of this EJ (environmental justice) bill."
Kurera says other unsigned bills include one to reduce mercury in light bulbs and a Child Safe Products Act to regulate the use of toxic chemicals in children's products.
"The Legislature did the work this session to pass a phenomenal suite of environmental bills but they need to be signed,” she states. “Otherwise, they kind of disappear."
If left unsigned, the bills will expire at the end of the year, leaving it up to the state Assembly and Senate to pass them again in the next legislative session.
get more stories like this via email
SALT LAKE CITY -- In the push toward carbon-free energy production, some cities in Utah and nearby states are considering a new type of nuclear …
Health and Wellness
TAMPA, Fla. -- Move United's USA Wheelchair Football League is expanding from four cities to nine, including Tampa, to give athletes with …
CRAIG, Colo. -- What would it look like if one in four households in the country was solar-powered? A new report from the "30 Million Solar Homes" …
Health and Wellness
DES MOINES, Iowa -- People across the Midwest, including Iowans, have dealt with a series of heat waves this summer. Health experts say hotter …
NEW YORK -- Over 10,000 New York and New Jersey front-line airport workers will get health insurance as part of new contract negotiations that come at…
INDIANAPOLIS -- Voting-rights advocates applaud this week's federal appeals-court decision to prevent Indiana from purging some voters from the rolls …
BOSTON -- A new survey finds widespread public support up and down the East Coast for protecting right whales from getting tangled up in fishing gear…
CARSON CITY, Nev. - A bill just introduced in the U.S, Senate would help thousands of species stay off the Endangered Species List - including …