Groups seek NY constitutional protection of environment
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Environmental and public policy groups are calling for a state constitutional amendment granting New Yorkers the right to clean air and water.
Environmental Advocates of New York and EffectiveNY are promoting the issue with two online video ads being released Thursday featuring children from Hoosick Falls, where special filters have been installed on public and private wells contaminated with the industrial chemical PFOA.
Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates, said a constitutional amendment would give citizens more power to hold lawmakers and regulators accountable for ensuring a healthy environment.
Six states have environmental rights provisions in their constitutions. The 1971 Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania's constitution was the basis for a state supreme court ruling in 2013 that found municipalities have a right to zone against shale gas development.