In 2018, New York State enacted a Drug Take Back Act in response to environmental and public health concerns about improper disposal of unused drugs. Another enactment gave the Department of Health (DOH) greater discretion in enforcement actions against landlords that do not take adequate action to abate lead paint. Other new laws tinkered with legislation enacted in 2017 to protect drinking water and to promote clean energy and energy storage. In addition, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed laws concerning farmland and pollinator protection. In New York City, a Styrofoam ban went into effect on Jan. 1 after courts rejected a challenge to city determinations underlying the prohibition.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard & Edward McTiernan,
New York Environmental Legislation in 2018,
N.Y.L.J., January 10, 2019
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