Reforming the “Oil Spill Fund” and Empowering the DEC:
TheState Oil Spill Fund was created to collect fines and penalties frompolluters that will enable the state to clean orphaned pollution siteswithout the taxpayers being forced to foot the bill. Only the mostvigorous enforcement of the law will yield sufficient money to clean upthese sites, thereby protecting taxpayers. Richard will use the powers of the Attorney General’s office to partner with the DEC to collect thesefines in earnest and ensure that the public is protected.
The “Polluter Pays” principal can also be asserted byprivate citizens who seek to enforce state law when the state does not.As Attorney General, Brodsky will re-introduce his “Citizen Suits”legislation (A.4272) as a program bill legislation. This legislation wouldprovide private citizens with the right to seek enforcement through thecourts in instances involving violations of those provisions of the ECLrelating to protection of waters, water supply, water power, drainage,solid and hazardous waste, freshwater and tidal wetlands, pesticides andhazardous substances bulk storage.
Protecting Our Aquifers, Cleaning up Toxic Waste:
There must befar stronger and more efficient regulatory enforcement of the efficientdisposal of the waste products that were created my Manufactured GasPlants (MGPS)- which is a glaringly huge issue facing Long Island.Currently, a NYS DEC consent order lists 23 sites on Long Island wherewaste products containing numerous toxic and carcinogenic compoundswere recklessly dumped by MGPS over a 100-year period. Richard willinvestigate, and if necessary, prosecute utility companies who are notmaking the best possible effort to remediate this problem quickly andeffectively.Brodsky said: “As Attorney General, I will set a national standard for theeffective enforcement of environmental laws. Today, there are a myriadof environmental laws currently in place that could go a long way toholding polluters accountable, but are not adequately enforced. Also,there are issues that need to be addressed that will need new,aggressive statuary changes and I will lead the fight to implement them.”
A Constitutional Right to Clean and Safe Environment
Assemblyman Brodsky has led a national effort to enshrine in the UnitedStates Constitution the right to a clean and safe environment. Thisinitiative, when first proposed in 1996, was supported by legislativebodies in 5 states. He proposes that the New York State Constitution beamended to contain the same right.
People for Brodsky
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