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Title 15: Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Rules: Open to Comments

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Friday, April 28, 2017
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

On August 7, 2016, OATH made changes to its rules, which are found at Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). OATH has repealed the Air Code and Noise Code Penalty Schedules from its rules and these penalty schedules have been promulgated by DEP as 15 RCNY 43-01 et seq. (Air) and 15 RCNY 47-01 et seq. (Noise). When DEP promulgated these penalty schedules in its rules, outdated references to sections of OATH’s rules were carried over. The proposed rules replace these outdated references.

Consistent with the above, DEP promulgates the following amendments, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapters 43 and 47.

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Proposed Rules: Open to Comments

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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On May 11, 2016, Chapter 43 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York, establishing a penalty schedule for violations of the Air Code, took effect. It has since been discovered that there is an error in the penalty schedule.

Administrative Code Section 24-169, which prohibits the use, purchase, sale, offer, storage or transport of fuel with excess sulfur content, is listed in the penalty schedule with the incorrect subdivision. The schedule should include § 24-169(a) and § 24-169(b) but not § 24-169(c), which is not a charging section. The amounts of the penalties are set forth correctly, and remain unchanged.

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DEP Amendments to the Penalty Schedule for Violations of the Air Code

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DEP 11 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd 11 Floor Conference Room
Flushing, NY 11373
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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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Statement of Basis and Purpose
Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. DEP adopts various plain language changes in various chapters to help make them easier to read and understand.
DEP’s authority for these rules is found in Section 1043(a) of the City Charter and sections 24-105, 24-204, and 24-611 of the City Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 04/14/2017

Proposed Rules: Open to Comments

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Local Law Number 38 for the year 2015 amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York by adding a new Section 24-149.5, which provides that cook stoves used at food service establishments shall be equipped with an emission control device for odors, smoke and particulates that meets the requirements of rules established by the department.

DEP is proposing these rules, as required by Section 24-149.5, with the goal of reducing particulate matter released into the environment, which is a known cause of asthma and other respiratory complications. In accordance with Section 24-105 of the Administrative Code, an advisory committee has been consulted in the development of these rules, which includes representatives from the restaurant and related industries, representatives of the environmental protection and environmental justice communities, and persons with expertise in the health effects of pollutants associated with cooking devices.

Newly installed cook stoves must comply with this rule as soon as it takes effect. Existing cook stoves (those installed before May 6, 2015) do not have to install emission control devices until January 1, 2020.

This rulemaking sets forth DEP’s determination as to emission controls that must be used to comply with section 24-149.5.

Consistent with the above, DEP promulgates the following new Rule, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 38.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and section 24-105 and 24-149.5 of the Administrative Code.

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Control Devices for Reducing Emissions from Cook Stoves at Food Service Establishments

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DEP 11th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 11 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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DEP is adopting a new rule to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Chapter 47, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Noise Control Code (Noise Code) as amended by Local Law 72 of 2016 (LL 72), as well as violations of 15 RCNY Chapter 28, which governs noise from construction. The proposed rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-204 and 24-257 of the Noise Code.

LL 72 amends section 24-218 of the Noise Code by adding a new subdivision (a-1) applying to unreasonable noise violations committed in a commercial context or in certain cases by building owners. The law also amends section 24-257 to change the penalty range for a first offense of section 24-218(a) to $75 to $150, the civil penalty for a second offense within two years to $150 to $250, and the civil penalty for a third offense within two years to $350 to $500. The current penalties for unreasonable noise will now be applicable to violations of section 24-218(a-1).

The current Noise Code Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-115, is not being changed, other than the changes required by LL 72 as described above. OATH will repeal the existing penalty schedule from its rules on the same day that this proposed rule takes effect.

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has promulgated penalty schedules, the enforcement agencies have the expertise to recommend appropriate penalties based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the proposed rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for board approval of penalties that have already been established by the legislature or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency.
Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. The proposed repeal of 48 RCNY §3-115 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 03/24/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

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Comment By: 
Monday, March 6, 2017
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Statement of Basis and Purpose
Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. DEP is proposing various plain language changes in various chapters to help make them easier to read and understand.
DEP’s authority for these rules is found in Section 1043(a) of the City Charter and sections 24-105, 24-204, and 24-611 of the City Administrative Code.

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Local Law Number 38 of 2015 amended Section 24-146 of the Administrative Code, which provides for the issuance of an abatement order when it is found that work is being performed in violation of the provisions of Section 24-146.

DEP is adopting these rules, as required by Section 24-146(f)(5)(iii), to establish a procedure for requesting a hearing to appeal a written abatement order as a new Chapter 45 of title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY).

DEP is also amending Chapter 32 of title 15 of the Rules to add the hearing for appeal of written abatement orders provided for in the new Chapter 45 to the list of adjudicatory hearings that can be conducted by DEP.

In addition, Chapter 32 is being amended to simplify complex legal references and to update obsolete references, including the repeal of subdivisions (f), (g) and (h) of 15 RCNY §32-01. Subdivision (f) is being repealed because the reference to noise sensitive zones in Administrative Code § 24-229(b) was repealed as part of the revision to the Noise Pollution Control Code by Local Law 113 of 2005. Subdivision (g) is being repealed because the reference to Environmental Ratings in Administrative Code § 24-154(b) was repealed as part of the revision to the Air Pollution Control Code by Local Law 38 of 2015. Subdivision (h) is being repealed because the reference to “approved noise consultants” incorrectly referenced the Air Pollution Code, and the process to appeal a revocation as a noise consultant is already set forth accurately in 15 RCNY § 32-01(b). Finally, this rule would allow parties in Department hearings to select the option of e-mail notification of the Department’s final determination.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter and sections 24-105 and 24-146 of the Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 03/06/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
In 2012, the Department signed a Consent Order modifying a 2005 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Consent Order (DEC Case No CO2-20000107-8, as modified) to reduce combined sewer overflows (“CSOs”) and committed to construct and implement green stormwater management practices (also known as “green infrastructure”) that are part of a broader green/grey strategy (i.e., also employing “grey infrastructure,” which includes CSO storage facilities and other engineered projects) to improve water quality in local waterways. Specifically, the Department is required to manage one (1) inch of rainfall on ten percent (10%) of the impervious surfaces within combined sewer areas by 2030 using green infrastructure. The Department established its Office of Green Infrastructure to implement the Green Infrastructure Grant Program (“Program”) and launched the Program in order to partner with stakeholders and community groups in the construction and maintenance of green infrastructure. The Program provides funding to private property owners for the design and construction of qualified green infrastructure practices. Grants under this Program are available to owners of property located within the five (5) boroughs of the City of New York whose property and proposals meet the criteria set forth by the Department.
This rulemaking sets forth the determination by the Commissioner of the Department as to the requirements for eligible projects and grant applicants, the application process, compliance and administration and funding requirements under the Program. The Department is therefore proposing the following new rules, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 48.
The Rules are authorized by Section 1403 of the Charter of the City of New York and Section 24-501 et seq. of the Administrative Code.

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DEP 11 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 11 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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Consistent with Citywide policy, DEP supports film production activities on properties and within facilities under its jurisdiction. Given the increased regularity of such filming activities, it has become necessary to codify the process that has been followed over time. Such codification is also consistent with the City Charter requirement that agencies whose procedures or requirements affect the general public shall promulgate rules governing such activities. The purpose of these rules is thus to provide clear guidance to the persons and entities who wish to engage in film and photography shoots on properties and within facilities under the jurisdiction of DEP, activities which require that they obtain permits from MOFTB.

The text of the Rules follows. New material is underlined and deleted material is in [brackets].

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 02/06/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, February 6, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is proposing a new rule to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Chapter 47, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Noise Control Code (Noise Code) as amended by Local Law 72 of 2016 (LL 72), as well as violations of 15 RCNY Chapter 28, which governs noise from construction. The proposed rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-204 and 24-257 of the Noise Code.

LL 72 amends section 24-218 of the Noise Code by adding a new subdivision (a-1) applying to unreasonable noise violations committed in a commercial context or in certain cases by building owners. The law also amends section 24-257 to change the penalty range for a first offense of section 24-218(a) to $75 to $150, the civil penalty for a second offense within two years to $150 to $250, and the civil penalty for a third offense within two years to $350 to $500. The current penalties for unreasonable noise will now be applicable to violations of section 24-218(a-1).

The current Noise Code Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-115, is not being changed, other than the changes required by LL 72 as described above. OATH will repeal the existing penalty schedule from its rules on the same day that this proposed rule takes effect.

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has promulgated penalty schedules, the enforcement agencies have the expertise to recommend appropriate penalties based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the proposed rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for board approval of penalties that have already been established by the legislature or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency.
Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. The proposed repeal of 48 RCNY §3-115 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.
Consistent with the above, DEP promulgates the following new Rule, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 47.

Subject: 

DEP Noise Code Penalty Rule

Location: 
DEP 19 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 19 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
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