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A08767 Summary:

COSPNSRWoerner, Gottfried, Otis, Thiele, Glick, Stec, Simon, Smullen, Quart, Burke, Ortiz, Jaffee, Walczyk, Ryan, D'Urso, McDonald, Lupardo, Zebrowski, Rosenthal L
MLTSPNSRGalef, Steck
Establishes the Adirondack road salt reduction task force, pilot plan and test program.
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A08767 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish the Adirondack road salt reduction task force, pilot plan and test program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create a task force to ensure that safe passage is provided for the travelling public and clean drinking water is preserved for homeowners.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 cites the act as the "Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act." Section 2 establishes the Adirondack road salt reduction task force and sets forth its mission and purpose. Section 3 establishes an Adirondack park road salt reduction pilot plan and test program consisting of a multiyear pilot study between October 15 and June 30 for the years of 2021 through 2024 to test best manage- ment practices and overall road salt reduction targets. Section 4 establishes the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): Provides technical changes to clarify various provisions of the bill.   JUSTIFICATION: While the safe passage of our roadways must always be a top priority in winter, pollution stemming from excessive road salt application on state roads poses an unacceptable risk to public health and the environment in our Adirondack Park. Excessive road salt application leaches into surface and ground water, and releases heavy metals and other toxic substances into drinking water supplies, harming the aquatic life in our lakes and rivers, killing trees and plants along roadways, and threaten- ing the welfare of children and their family members. High salinity in groundwater can contribute to high blood pressure and hyperchloremia in humans, and destroy plumbing and appliances in households. In the Adirondacks, it has become apparent that the winter road management practices on our state roads must be amended to ensure not just the safety of the traveling public, but also the quality of our water and the health of residents living along state roadways. This legislation establishes an Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force with the purpose of gathering and summarizing available informa- tion and recommending best management practices for winter road mainte- nance in the Adirondacks to the Executive and Legislature, that when implemented address the above problems. This legislation directs the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conser- vation to conduct a three-year Adirondack Park-wide road salt reduction pilot program, and to submit a summary report of the results of the pilot plan and test by August 30, 2024 to the Executive and Legislature. The intent of this legislation and Task Force is to ensure that safe passage is provided for the travelling public and clean drinking water is preserved for homeowners. The Task Force shall recommend Adirondack state road winter maintenance practices to remediate salt contamination of our surface and ground waters. The Adirondack Road Salt Task Force recommendations for updated levels of service, best management prac- tices, and road salt reduction targets shall guide the Departments of Transportation, Health and Environmental Conservation in measurably reducing sodium and chloride levels in both surface and ground waters.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2024.
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