The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking comments on new regulations (6 NYCRR Part 575) entitled “Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species”. These regulations, once implemented, are expected to help control invasive species by reducing the introduction of new invasives and limiting the spread of existing invasives.
The proposed regulations include a list of prohibited species which shall be unlawful to knowingly possess with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce; a list of regulated species which shall be legal to possess, sell, purchase, propagate and transport but may not be knowingly introduced into a free-living state; and require a permit for research, education and other approved activities involving prohibited species and release of regulated species.
The regulations also specify the criteria used in making such classifications and a means for future classification of species. The proposed regulations also establish grace periods for certain prohibited species to allow businesses to plan the management of existing stock. Individual species assessments can be found online.
The Department filed a Proposed Rule Making with the Department of State to amend 6 NYCRR by promulgating a new Part 575 pertaining to invasive species. A sixty day public comment period began on the day the proposed regulations were published in the State Register (October 23, 2013). Public comments will be accepted through December 23, 2013. Public hearings will be held at four locations across New York State as follows:
Buffalo Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 2:00
DEC Region 9 Headquarters, First Floor Conference Room
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
Syracuse Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 2:00
State Fairgrounds, Martha Eddy Room
581 State Fair Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209
Albany Monday December 16 at 3:00
DEC Central Office, Public Assembly Room (Floor 1)
Albany, NY 12233
Long Island Tuesday December 17 at 2:00
State University of NY at Stony Brook
DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Basement Conference Room
50 Circle Rd
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Agency staff will be available one half hour before the start of the hearings to answer questions.
Public comments on the proposed rule should be sent to Leslie Surprenant, NYS DEC, Invasive Species Coordination Unit, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.