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Codified Title: 
Title 15: Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

As part of the amendments to the Air Pollution Control Code, which took effect May 6, 2016 (Local Law Number 38 for the year 2015), a definition of emergency generator was added to Administrative Code § 24-104. Additionally, Section 24-109 of the Administrative Code was clarified to expressly require emergency generators to be registered with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). These amendments to the Administrative Code have superseded the requirements relating to emergency generators found in Chapter 40 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York, and, along with existing requirement of the State Department of Environmental Conservation contained in 6 NYCRR §200.1(cq) and 6 NYCRR §201-3.2, have made these rules redundant and unnecessary. Accordingly, Chapter 40 of Title 15 is repealed. This repeal does not affect the substantive requirements applicable to emergency generators in New York City.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043(b) of the Charter and Sections 24-105 and 24-109(a)(6) of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Technical Amendments to the Air Pollution Control Code.

Location: 
DEP 8 Floor Hearing Room
59-17 Junction Blvd 8 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Alyssa Preston

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:5)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

This rule defines the method that must be used in performing a smoke test or stack test for generators with an output of 40 kilowatts or more.

Local Law Number 38 for the year 2015 amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. It defines required procedures that a professional engineer or registered architect must follow in order to certify that any generator with an output of 40 kilowatts or more has passed a stack test or smoke test.

Section 24-109(c)(2)(i) specifically requires the Department to establish by rule a method for the stack test that generators must pass before registration of the generator. Section 24-125(a) requires the Department to issue a rule that establishes criteria that must be met prior to a work permit being granted for any equipment, including a generator.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter and section 24-105 24-109(c)(2)(i), and 24-125(a)(1) of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Measurement of Stack Emissions of Certain Generators

Location: 
DEP 9th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 9 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Alyssa Preston

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
On May 6, 2016, Subchapter 5 of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the Administrative Code was repealed. The repealed subchapter had set forth fees for the Air Pollution Control Code. A rule was promulgated to replace the fees which had been set forth in the repealed subchapter; however, certain fees were not carried over. The purpose of the proposed rule is to carry over those omitted fees.

Subject: 

DEP is promulgating rules that would amend the existing fee rule for the Air Pollution Control Code.

Location: 
DEP 9th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 9th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Alyssa Preston

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

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Commercial char broilers throughout the five boroughs emit an estimated 1,400 tons of particulate matter per year. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates that those emissions contributed to more than 12% of PM2.5-attributable premature deaths annually in 2005 to 2007 or 400 deaths per year in that period; if all commercial char broilers had had control technology installed, the reduction in ambient PM2.5 concentrations could have prevented nearly 350 of these premature deaths each year.

To reduce the amount of the emissions released by commercial char broilers, in 2015 the City Council amended Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York by adding a new Section 24-149.4, which prohibits the operation of any new commercial char broiler and any existing chain-driven commercial char broiler used to cook more than 875 pounds of meat per week unless it has an emissions control device that meets the requirements established by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) (Local Law Number 38 for the year 2015, effective May 6, 2016).

DEP is proposing these rules, as required by Section 24-149.4, to establish requirements for the control of emissions from char broilers. In accordance with Section 24-105 of the Administrative Code, an advisory committee, which includes representatives of the restaurant industry and related industries, representatives of the environmental protection and environmental justice communities, and persons with expertise regarding the health effects of pollutants associated with cooking devices, has been consulted in the development of these rules.

Section 2 of the rule amends Chapter 43 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York to correct an error in the Air Code Penalty Schedule that became effective on May 11, 2016.

Specifically, the proposed rules:
• Create a new chapter of DEP’s rules for char broiler emissions requirements (Title 15, Chapter 37),
• Set forth the requirements for emissions control devices, and
• Establish maintenance, certification and recordkeeping requirements.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the New York City Charter and sections 24-105 and 24-149.4 of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

DEP Proposed Rule Concerning Emission Control Devices on Certain Commercial Char broilers.

Location: 
Department of Environmental Protection 9 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 9th Floor Conference Room
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Alyssa Preston

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

Local Law Number 38 for the year 2015 amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York by increasing the threshold for boiler registrations from 2.8 million btu (mbtu) per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour. In order to ensure that boilers that range from 2.8 mbtu per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour are still subject to certain standards, including a combustion efficiency test, modified standards have been established in a new Section 2-05 (“Application for Registrations”). This newly created section sets forth the criteria that a registration that ranges from 2.8 mbtu per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour must meet.

This rule also requires that these registrations are subject to the field verification process requirements set forth in Section 2-06.

Consistent with the above, DEP has amended Chapter 2 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York, to apply certain standards for boilers that range from 2.8 mbtu per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour, which were previously defined as certificates of operation and are now defined as registrations. Subjecting these boilers to the performance requirements set forth in this section will help to regulate and control emission sources.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-105, and 24-109(b) of the Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 06/13/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is proposing new rules, to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”) Chapter 43, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Air Pollution Control Code (“Air Code”), as amended by Local Law 38 of 2015 (“LL 38”). The proposed rules are authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-105 and 24-178 of the Administrative Code.
LL 38, which takes effect on May 6, 2016, amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code by adding a new Table of Civil Penalties, replacing the existing table, which is found in Section 24-178(b)(5)(i), and simplifies the existing table by establishing four categories of violations, with minimum penalties of $200, $400, $800 and $1600, respectively. The existing table has a wider range of penalties and requires frequent references to accompanying schedules that have been eliminated from the new table.

The existing Air Code Penalty Schedule is incorporated into the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (“OATH/ECB”) published at 48 RCNY§3-102. Because the penalties in the existing Air Code Penalty Schedule do not, in many cases, fall within the range of penalties established by LL 38, a new Air Code Penalty Schedule is being proposed. The new penalty schedule would take effect on May 6, 2016, the same date as LL 38 becomes effective. It would apply as provided by proposed rules of OATH/ECB, which would also repeal the existing penalty schedule, effective the same day.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/11/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, May 2, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Local Law Number 38 for the year 2015 amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York by increasing the threshold for boiler registrations from 2.8 million btu (mbtu) per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour. In order to ensure that boilers that range from 2.8 mbtu per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour are still subject to certain standards, including a combustion efficiency test, modified standards have been established in a new Section 2-05 (“Application for Registrations”). This newly created section sets forth the criteria that a registration that ranges from 2.8 mbtu per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour must meet.

This rule also requires that these registrations are subject to the field verification process requirements set forth in Section 2-06.

Consistent with the above, DEP proposes amendments to Chapter 2 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York, to apply certain standards for boilers that range from 2.8 mbtu per hour to 4.2 mbtu per hour, which were previously defined as certificates of operation and are now defined as registrations. Subjecting these boilers to the performance requirements set forth in this section will help to regulate and control emission sources.

The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and section 24-109(b) of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

DEP Amendments to the Existing Engineering Criteria for Boilers and Water Heaters.

Location: 
DEP 9 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 9 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Alyssa Preston

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
Subchapter 5 of Chapter 1 of Title 24 of the Administrative Code, which set forth fees to be imposed under the Air Pollution Control Code (the “Air Code”), was repealed by Local Law 38 of 2015, which has an effective date of May 6, 2016. This rule establishes fees to replace the repealed subchapter. The new fee schedule retains the existing fees and establishes fees for previously unregulated equipment that are regulated under the revised Air Code. These sources include char broilers, which require a registration, and cogeneration systems, which require a certificate of operation.
The new fee schedule also reflects the changes that have been made in the revised Air Code to reflect more accurate units of measurement for various types of equipment, such as kilowatts for generators and horsepower for engines. The current code uses British Thermal Units (btu) as the unit of measurement for all types of fuel burning equipment. The revised Air Code clarifies that the output of some types of equipment is more accurately measured by horsepower (HP) or kilowatts (KW) and the new fee schedule reflects this. The use of this more accurate terminology does not affect the fees imposed.
The fee schedule also reflects the change that has been made in the Air Code, which increases the threshold for boiler and engine registrations from 2.8 million Btu per hour to 4.2 million Btu per hour. By increasing the threshold, more boiler applications can be filed through the registration process, which is available for on-line filing.
Finally, the asbestos fees, which are set forth in Subchapter 6 of the current Air Code, were also repealed by Local Law 38 and are replaced by fees set forth in the rule. The amounts of the existing fees are unchanged.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 05/06/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is proposing new rules, to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”) Chapter 43, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Air Pollution Control Code (“Air Code”), as amended by Local Law 38 of 2015 (“LL 38”). The proposed rules are authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-105 and 24-178 of the Administrative Code.
LL 38, which takes effect on May 6, 2016, amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code by adding a new Table of Civil Penalties, replacing the existing table, which is found in Section 24-178(b)(5)(i), and simplifies the existing table by establishing four categories of violations, with minimum penalties of $200, $400, $800 and $1600, respectively. The existing table has a wider range of penalties and requires frequent references to accompanying schedules that have been eliminated from the new table.

The existing Air Code Penalty Schedule is incorporated into the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (“OATH/ECB”) published at 48 RCNY 3-102. Because the penalties in the existing Air Code Penalty Schedule do not, in many cases, fall within the range of penalties established by LL 38, a new Air Code Penalty Schedule is being proposed. The new penalty schedule would take effect on May 6, 2016, the same date as LL 38 becomes effective. It would apply as provided by proposed rules of OATH/ECB, which would also repeal the existing penalty schedule, effective the same day.

Keywords:
Subject: 

Air Code Penalty Proposed Rule

Location: 
DEP 11 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 11 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Russell Pecunies

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, March 21, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule Subchapter 5 of Chapter 1 of Title 24 of the Administrative Code, which set forth fees to be imposed under the Air Pollution Control Code, was repealed by Local Law 38 of 2015, which has an effective date of May 6, 2016. The proposed rule establishes fees to replace the repealed subchapter. The new fee schedule retains the existing fees and establishes fees for previously unregulated equipment that will be regulated under the revised Air Code. These sources include char broilers, which will require a registration, and cogeneration systems, which will require a certificate of operation. The new fee schedule also reflects the changes that have been made in the revised Air Code to reflect more accurate units of measurement for various types of equipment, such as kilowatts for generators and horsepower for engines. The current code uses British Thermal Units (btu) as the unit of measurement for all types of fuel burning equipment. The revised Air Code clarifies that the output of some types of equipment is more accurately measured by horsepower (HP) or kilowatts (KW) and the new fee schedule reflects this. The use of this more accurate terminology does not affect the fees imposed. The revised fee schedule also reflects the change that has been made in the Air Code, which increases the threshold for boiler and engine registrations from 2.8 million Btu per hour to 4.2 million Btu per hour. By increasing the threshold, more boiler applications can be filed through the registration process, which is available for on-line filing. Finally, the asbestos fees, which are set forth in Subchapter 6 of the current Air Code, were also repealed by Local Law 38 and will be replaced by fees set forth in the proposed Rule. The amounts of the existing fees will not be changed.

Subject: 

Hearing to Establish Fees Under the Air Pollution Control Code.

Location: 
NYC DEP
59-17 Junction Blvd. 9 Floor Conference Rm.
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

Russell Pecunies

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

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