Department of Environmental Protection has amended its rules concerning the establishment of penalties.

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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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.