A02474 Summary:

BILL NO    A02474 

SAME AS    No Same as 

SPONSOR    Magee

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Add Art 13-F S160-w, Ag & Mkts L

Relates to the creation of a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group.
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A02474 Actions:

BILL NO    A02474 

01/16/2015 referred to agriculture
01/06/2016 referred to agriculture
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A02474 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02474 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2474
 
SPONSOR: Magee
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to creating a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group   PURPOSE: This bill creates a working group to study the options for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal silos.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Agriculture and Markets Laws is amended by adding a new Article 13-F and a new Section 1 60-w. Section 1 provides the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets shall establish the Horizontal Silo Leachate Runoff Working Group to study the options for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from hori- zontal silos. Section 2 establishes the membership of the working group which will include representatives from State and Federal government agencies, as well as, other organizations and institutions. Section 3 provides that the working group shall review and study the options and best practices for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos. The working group shall include in their discussion the cost of such treatment and management options for the leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos and ways to help farmers reduce the cost associated with this. Upon the conclusion of their study the working group shall publish a report outlining their findings. Section 4 provides that if the need exists, the working group may continue to exist to address other relevant issues. This act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: In addition to the traditional vertical farm silos that rise up above the landscape, there are also horizontal silos, which spread out across a piece of land. Horizontal silos have many benefits for farmers. But, one of the drawbacks associated with the use of horizontal or bunker silos is leachate runoff. Leachate is the liquid from crops and feed that manifests itself when they are compacted for storage in horizontal silos. This leachate can seep out of the silo on its own or it can get mixed in with water that runs off the silo from precipitation. In either case, the leachate runoff is a serious concern for farmers because the nutrients in the leachate can ruin any clean water supply that it comes into contact with. Therefore, this bill creates a working group that will study the options and best practices for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos. The working group will include in their study the cost of such options and ways to help farmers reduce the costs of managing and treating leachate runoff, which can be very high. Members of various State and Federal government agencies, as well as the New York State Farm Bureau, the Northeast Dairy Producers Association and Cornell University will be part of the working group.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014: A.7748   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02474 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2474
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 16, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Agriculture
 
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to creating
          a horizontal silo leachate runoff working group
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
     2  article 13-F to read as follows:
     3                                ARTICLE 13-F
     4                HORIZONTAL SILO LEACHATE RUNOFF WORKING GROUP
     5  Section 160-w. Horizontal silo leachate runoff working group.
     6    § 160-w. Horizontal silo leachate runoff working group. 1. The commis-
     7  sioner shall establish a working group to  study  the  options  for  the
     8  treatment  and  management  of leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker
     9  silos.
    10    2. The working group shall include: representatives from  the  depart-
    11  ment  of agriculture and markets, representatives from the department of
    12  environmental conservation, representatives from empire  state  develop-
    13  ment,  representatives  from  the  New York State Farm Bureau, represen-
    14  tatives  from  the  United  States  department  of  agriculture  natural
    15  resource  conservation service, representatives from the Northeast Dairy
    16  Producers Association and representatives from  the  appropriate  insti-
    17  tutions at Cornell University.
    18    3.  The  working group shall meet regularly and shall review and study
    19  the options and best practices that are available, including those  from
    20  other  states,  for the treatment and management of leachate runoff from
    21  horizontal or bunker silos. The working group  shall  include  in  their
    22  discussion,  but not limit it to, the cost of such treatment and manage-
    23  ment options for the leachate runoff from horizontal  or  bunker  silos.
    24  The  group  shall also include in their discussion, but not limit it to,
    25  ways to help farmers reduce the cost associated with the  treatment  and
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05620-01-5

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     1  management  of leachate runoff from horizontal or bunker silos. Upon the
     2  conclusion of their study, the working group  shall  publish  a  report,
     3  that  is  widely  available,  which outlines the findings of the working
     4  group. The report shall be sent to the United States department of agri-
     5  culture natural resource conservation service for their review.
     6    4.  If  the need exists, the working group may continue to exist after
     7  the publication of their findings to address other relevant issues with-
     8  in their competency.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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