Existing laws/regulations, proposed changes, agencies involved
Laws and policies regarding the use of substances in industrial and commercial applications are changing as we become more aware of the effects these substances have on our bodies and on our environment. Many changes have been made over the last half-century, and many more are being considered. Rules and programs now exist at all levels of government, and there are many different agencies involved in their enforcement.
At the Federal
level, much of the responsibility rests with the Environmental
exposures are the concern of the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
the specific charge of the Agency
for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which maintains profiles
of the toxins and is a useful source of much information
County, primary concerns about environmental issues are the responsibility
of the Department
of Ithaca has made environmental issues the concern of the Planning,
Economic Development, and Environmental Quality Committee
the most encouraging recent progress has been made by the NYS
Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation.
On May 10,
2006, The Assembly passed Bill Number A10633,
requiring that property owners be notified within 30 days of results from
any tests performed by or for responsible parties on their properties.
This Bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara S. Lifton. The Assembly
also passed Bill Number A10120,
requiring that tenants of properties which have been tested be notified
of the results of those tests. This Bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman