State Senate Seeks To Delay Clean-Air Regulations
Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Thu, 2012-03-15 12:54.
Now that both houses of the state Legislature have unveiled their budget proposals and serious negotiations are underway for a final deal, one issue has emerged as a point of concern.
The State Senate is proposing to delay the implementation of a clean-air law that NYLCV and our partners fought vigorously for.
The Senate is calling for a three-year delay in implementing a requirement that #2 heating oil sold in the state have a sulfur content of no more than 15 parts per million.
This kind of home heating oil is particularly dirty. It contributes significantly to the high ambient concentrations of ozone mand fine particles found in New York State - particularly in New York City and its surrounding counties.
With no limit on the amount of sulfur in this fuel, the exhaust particles that form from its use are known to exacerbate allergies, trigger asthma attacks, decrease lung function, cause heart attacks and shorten life expectancy. The law as it stands today will decrease harmful sulfur pollution from heating oil by over 99.4%. That's the equivalent of shutting down two coal-fired power plants.
For these reasons and more, NYLCV has signed onto a coalition effort to oppose this particular part of the Senate's budget plan.
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