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Lawmakers have ironed out their differences on a bill to protect Long Island watersheds from pollution, boosting its chances of passage during the final week of the legislative session.
Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) on Tuesday submitted a new version of a proposal called the “Long Island Water Quality Control Act.” It would require the state to establish criteria for safeguarding Island watersheds and guide farmers on pesticide and fertilizer use.
Notably, a version of the proposal – that failed a year ago – would have mandated specific limits on pesticides and wastewater. That provision, which drew complaints from farmers and the building industry, has been dropped from the new proposal.
“I’d say we’ve gone pretty far in addressing their concerns,” LaValle said Tuesday. “They were all consulted and asked for their input.”
Lawmakers are slated to adjourn for the year on June 19. LaValle was cautious about predicting the bill’s chances.
“The bill went in today and we’ll see what kind of reaction we get,” he said.