NY County Bans Fracking Waste

The Nassau County, NY Legislature unanimously passed a measure that bans fracking waste “from being used, sold, applied and imported into the county,” according to Newsday. The measure builds upon a previous ban on the disposal of fracking waste into sewage-treatment plants in the county. Violating the ban could mean a $25,000 penalty or 30 days in jail, in addition to possible civil penalties.

In June, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that localities have the right to put limits on fracking through zoning laws. The nearby Suffolk County Legislature passed a similar local law that bans the sale and use of fracking byproducts.