Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed a law this week banning the sale of hydrofracking byproducts that are used on roads to melt ice, and that could wind up in sewage treatment facilities.
The byproduct contains a toxic liquid cocktail that can be sold for its brine content, Suffolk officials and local environmental advocates said.
Sponsored by Leg. William R. Spencer, M.D., D-Huntington, the law aims to protect water resources throughout the county.
“This is critical legislation because our residents rely on our sole source aquifer for our drinking water,” Spencer said.
“The use of hydrofracking waste could lead to serious environmental and public health impacts,” he added. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for supporting this important legislation...| read more ››