Prevents individuals from being denied standing in private actions alleging violations of the environmental quality review provisions of the environmental conservation law solely on the basis that the injury alleged by such individual does not differ in kind or degree from the injury that would be suffered by the public at large.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 25, 2021
Introduced by Sens. KAVANAGH, COMRIE, GOUNARDES -- read twice and
ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
enacting the environmental access to justice act
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "environ-
2 mental access to justice act".
3 § 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new
4 section 8-0119 to read as follows:
5 § 8-0119. Standing.
6 If a person institutes a proceeding under article seventy-eight of the
7 civil practice law and rules alleging violations of this article, such
8 person shall not be denied standing solely on the grounds that the inju-
9 ry alleged by such person does not differ in kind or degree from the
10 injury that would be suffered by the public at large.
11 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.