Do you have any ideas who in the legislature might vote against a bag ban?
and if so, and if you can tell me, do you have any guesses about what their
reasoning might be? (economic? libertarian/anti-regulation)?
On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 12:45 PM, Anna Kelles <annakel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> As a quick followup. The resolution in opposition to the incinerator
> proposal passed unanimously and the resolution rejecting the incorporation
> of trucked LNG and CNG to any proposal in response to NYSEG's RFP for gas
> pipeline alternatives passed 12 to 1. The plastic bag resolution was sent
> back to committee to update and return after it is updated by the PDEQ
> committee that meets at 3pm March 26th in the legislative chambers.
> Happy Wednesday,
> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:29 PM, Anna Kelles <annakel...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> As some of you may know I have been appointed this year as the chair of
>> the Planning Development and Environmental Quality (PDEQ) committee. Last
>> Monday three resolutions were voted out of the PDEQ committee that will be
>> discussed and in most cases voted on tonight by the full legislature at our
>> bimonthly meeting from starting at 5:30pm (the meeting starts with
>> privilege of the public to speak!) at 121 E. Court St. in the Legislative
>> Chambers on the second floor.
>> The first is a resolution in opposition to the proposed large scale
>> incinerator in Romulus, Seneca County that is just North of the town of
>> Ulysses. I created an submitted this updated resolution from a template
>> created by members of Gas Free Seneca. I'm happy to answer any questions
>> anyone has but in a nutshell the garbage would be shipped by hundreds of
>> trucks a day from downstate, burned creating significant air pollution very
>> near an elementary school and two correctional facilities as well as nearby
>> towns and wineries, created about 52 truckloads of toxic ash daily that
>> would need to be landfilled locally, and would withdraw 445,000 gallons
>> daily from Seneca Lake.
>> A resolution urging the state to pass a plastic bag ban with an
>> additional 5 cent fee of paper bags passed. However, breaking news is that
>> a few days before the committee vote a bill in the senate and an equivalent
>> bill in the assembly were introduced that are more comprehensive than our
>> resolution (here is a link to the senate bill:
>> http://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2017/S7760). These bills, if
>> approved, would ban both plastic and paper (paper bag production and
>> transport have an equal to or even greater carbon footprint than plastic).
>> As a result I will be sending our resolution back to committee tonight to
>> align more closely with the proposed state bills. The next PDEQ meeting
>> will be March 26th at 3pm in the legislative chambers.
>> Lastly, recently NYSEG put out an request for proposals (RFP) as a result
>> of long talks local officials and experts have had with the state Public
>> Service Commission, requesting proposals in a designated area in and around
>> south Lansing (the Cornell business park area) for alternative energy
>> development and upgrades. The intention of the RFP is to reduce demand on
>> the existing natural gas infrastructure and to promote future development
>> with minimal natural gas needs. However, the current RFP says that they
>> will accept a proposal that can include the trucking in of compressed
>> natural gas (CNG) and liquified Natural Gas (LNG), if it is acceptable to
>> the community. The resolution we will be voting on tonight states that the
>> inclusion of trucked in CNG and LNG is not an acceptable solution to reduce
>> our dependence on the piped natural gas infrastructure, which would in no
>> way help us reach our our Tompkins County stated goal to decrease use of
>> natural gas to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction.
>> Below is the official press release that followed the PDEQ meeting last
>> Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
>> In good health,
>> *Committee Recommends Support of Statewide Plastic Bag Ban*
>> The Legislature’s Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality
>> Committee, which back in 2013 considered a proposal from the Environmental
>> Management Council (EMC)for a Local Law banning single-use plastic retail
>> bags, today considered—and recommended to the Legislature—a new proposal on
>> the issue from the EMC, one urging a statewide ban on such plastic retail
>> Following the EMC’s recent adoption of a measure supporting such a
>> statewide ban, the Planning committee, in a unanimous 5-0 vote, joined in
>> recommending that the Legislature express its strong support of a plastic
>> retail bag ban, which would also include a fee on recyclable paper bags,
>> and urging the Governor to propose and the State Legislature to adopt such
>> legislation as part of the State’s Fiscal 2019 budget.
>> At the time that a Local Law was extensively discussed five years ago,
>> County Recycling and Materials Management Director Barbara Eckstrom had
>> advised that the issue be pursued at the State level, instead of through a
>> Local Law.
>> Speaking to the committee today, EMC Chair Brian Eden said that, just as
>> when recycling was introduced years ago, achieving such a ban on the
>> environmentally damaging plastic bags is “eminently do-able” and can be
>> achieved, and accepted by the public, over time. Committee Chair Anna
>> Kelles reflected that it’s realistic to proactively reduce our reliance on
>> The Committee, with its unanimous support, also forwarded two other
>> resolutions for consideration by the full Legislature, to take stands on
>> two other environmental issues—one voicing formal opposition to the
>> proposed garbage incinerator in the Seneca County Town of Romulus; the
>> other opposing the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquified Natural
>> Gas (LNG) in response to the New York State Electric and Gas “non-pipe
>> alternative” Request for Proposals to address natural gas demand in the
>> Lansing area. Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability Katie Borgella
>> told the committee it is clear that NYSEG will be looking to the local
>> community for its input on those elements, mentioned as potential options
>> in the RFP, and that actions such as this would try to put some boundaries
>> on what the community would support.
>> *Contact: Anna Kelles, Chair, Planning, Development, and Environmental
>> Quality Committee, 342-2036*
>> *- END -*
>> *Anna Kelles*
>> Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
>> District 2
> *Anna Kelles*
> Vice Chair - Tompkins County Legislature
> District 2
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