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AB3731 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 30, 2017
        Introduced  by  M. of A. COLTON, CUSICK, CYMBROWITZ, MONTESANO -- Multi-
          Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, GLICK,  RICHARDSON  --  read  once  and
          referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
        AN  ACT  to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the
          filling of borrow pits in Gravesend Bay; and providing for the  repeal
          of such provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. Due to the increase in vessel  size  in
     2  recent  years, New York State waterways such as channels, berthing areas
     3  and harbors are being excavated in a process known as dredging to  main-
     4  tain sufficient depth for safe and efficient vessel operation.
     5    Dredged  material  is  naturally  accumulated  sediment,  much  of the
     6  dredged material does  contain  some  contaminants  at  varying  concen-
     7  trations.
     8    Gravesend  Bay was dredged to supply soil for a number of construction
     9  projects. This process created borrow pits in the  bay.    These  borrow
    10  pits have been identified as an attractive alternative for the disposing
    11  of dredge material.
    12    §  2. Section 15-0505 of the environmental conservation law is amended
    13  by adding a new subdivision 3-b to read as follows:
    14    3-b. The department may only grant a permit for  the  filling  of  the
    15  Gravesend Bay borrow pits if the proposed sediments and fill materials:
    16    (1)  have  been tested and the test results are in accordance with the
    17  requirements set forth in the department's technical  operational  guid-
    18  ance  series  5.1.9  for  the in water management of sediment and dredge
    19  material; and
    20    (2) meet the department's class a criteria.
    21    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
    22  deemed repealed June 30, 2022.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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