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New York State Petroleum and Hazardous Material Assessment (18-NY-b)

The developer of a hydropower project may need to obtain a registration certificate from the Department of Environmental Conservation if the project will store petroleum or hazardous materials. The DEC is responsible for overseeing New York’s petroleum bulk storage (PBS) and chemical bulk storage (CBS) programs. 6 CRR-NY 613-1.1; 6 CRR-NY 596.1(a).


State Petroleum and Hazardous Material Assessment Process

18-NY-b.1 to 18-NY-b.2 – Does the Material Being Stored Meet the Definition of Petroleum?

The developer of a hydropower project may need to register with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) if the project will store petroleum. New York regulations define “petroleum” as:

  1. Crude oil and any fraction thereof;
  2. Synthetic forms of lubricating oils, dielectric oils, insulating oils, hydraulic oils, and cutting oils;
  3. Any complex blend of hydrocarbons that is not derived from crude oil; or
  4. Any petroleum mixture (see 6 CRR-NY 613-1.3(at)).

6 CRR-NY 613-1.1; 6 CRR-NY 613-1.3(as)(1).

“Petroleum” does not include:

  1. Any substance designated as a hazardous substance under 6 CRR-NY 613-1.3(aa), except as may be part of a petroleum blend (see 6 CRR-NY 613-1.3(at)(2));
  2. Animal or vegetable oils; or
  3. Substances that are gases at standard temperature and pressure.

6 CRR-NY 613-1.3(as)(2).

For more information on New York’s petroleum bulk storage facility requirements, see:

Petroleum Bulk Storage Facility Registration:
18-NY-c

18-NY-b.3 to 18-NY-b.5 – Does the Material Being Stored Meet the Definition of a Hazardous Substance?

The developer of a hydropower project may need to register with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) if the project will store a hazardous substance.

New York regulations define a “hazardous substance” as:

  1. Any substance included on the list provided under section 6 CRR-NY 597.3; or
  2. A hazardous substance mixture (see 6 CRR-NY 597.1(b)(8).

6 CRR-NY 597.1(b)(7); 6 CRR-NY 597.3.

For more information on New York’s chemical bulk storage facility requirements, see:

Chemical Bulk Storage Facility Registration:
18-NY-d




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