The Assembly budget bill had called for $100,000 to fund a Health Impact Assessment of hydrofracking. Insufficient study of human and animal health impacts associated with the practice was contained in the dSGEIS, and health professionals as well as the environmental community had been calling for a professional study, augmented by public input on health issues.
However, as the legislature and Governor head into the final stretch in agreeing to a budget, it appears that the Health Impact Analysis has been “taken off the table” and will not be in the final budget. As reported in Politics on the Hudson:
The proposals are “not in the budget,” Assembly Environmental Chairman Robert Sweeney, D-Suffolk County, said. “Eventually, (they were) taken off the table.”