Environmentalists laud, blast New York state lawmakers on their votes

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Saratoga’s Daphne Jordan receives the “Oil Slick” award

Photo by Rick Karlin

October 15, 2020Updated: October 15, 2020, 12:38 p.m.

Daphne Jordan, a Republican representing the 43rd Senate District, speaks during a press conference with sheriffs on September 10, 2018 at Rensselaer County Jail in Troy, NY

Will Waldron / Times Union

ALBANIA – A leading environmental group on Thursday praised Central New York Senator Rachel May as she blew up Saratoga County Senator Daphne Jordan on her annual environmental scorecard.

Rachel May, a Democrat from Syracuse, has been recognized for sponsoring bills classifying hydraulic fracturing waste as hazardous waste along with other actions by Environmental Advocates Action.

However, Jordan won the organization’s annual Oil Slick Award for working with fellow Republicans to crack down on bills that help fight toxins in toys and keep dangerous chemicals out of food.

The Environmental Scorecard provides a look at how lawmakers have voted on issues that the group considers to be priorities.

EAA 2020 scorecard from rkarlin on Scribd

While the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out in March may have been eclipsed, the EAA announced that several green laws were passed in the 2020 legislature, including laws preventing food packaging containing toxic PFAS chemicals, ” forever “ban and ban plastic foam in food and beverage manufacturers.

Measures to protect endangered species from banning certain uses of trichlorethylene (TCE), a toxic degreaser, by the federal government were among the bills passed during the last session.

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Rick Karlin studies the Times Union’s environmental and energy development. Previously reported on education and state government, and written about natural resources and state government in Colorado and Maine. You can reach him at rkarlin@timesunion.com or (518) 454-5758.

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