Skip to main content

New York Consolidated Laws, Environmental Conservation Law - ENV § 71-4401. Definitions

Welcome to FindLaw's Cases & Codes, a free source of state and federal court opinions, state laws, and the United States Code. For more information about the legal concepts addressed by these cases and statutes, visit FindLaw's Learn About the Law.

As used in this title, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1. “Regulated medical waste” means regulated medical waste as defined in title 15 of article 27 of this chapter.

2. “Pound” means an avoirdupois pound.

3. “Gallon” means a unit of liquid capacity equal to two hundred thirty-one cubic inches or four quarts.

4. “Environment” means any water, water vapor, any land including land surface or subsurface, air, fish, wildlife, biota, and all other natural resources.

5. “Release” means any pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, or leaching, directly or indirectly, of a substance so that the substance or any related constituent thereof, or any degradation product of such a substance or of a related constituent thereof, may enter the environment, or the disposal of any substance.

6. “Disposal” means the discharge, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking or placing of any substance so that such substance or any related constituent thereof may enter the environment, or the abandonment of any substance.

7. “Abandonment” means the intentional relinquishment or forsaking of all possession or control of any substance.  In any prosecution under this title, it is an affirmative defense to an allegation of abandonment that the defendant surrendered possession or control of such substance to another party who knowingly and voluntarily consented to assume such possession or control.

8. “Intentionally, knowingly, recklessly and criminal negligence” shall have the same meanings as defined in section 15.05 of the penal law.

9. “Criminal transaction” shall have the same meaning as defined in section 40.10 of the criminal procedure law.

Cite this article: - New York Consolidated Laws, Environmental Conservation Law - ENV § 71-4401. Definitions - last updated January 01, 2021 |

FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.

Was this helpful?

Thank you. Your response has been sent.

Copied to clipboard