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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

On January 6, 2019, DEP amended its asbestos rules, which are found at Title 15, Chapter 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). After DEP promulgated these rules, companies engaged in asbestos abatement requested several minor clarifications. In response, DEP is proposing to revise the rules as follows:

• Clarify section 1-29 by specifying that only air monitoring technicians need to have their license at the work place, not all individuals;
• Clarify the requirements of section 1-36(b) as to how many air sampling technicians need to be present during sampling;
• Clarify that the requirements of section 1-42(a) regarding the placement of air samples apply to all asbestos projects, not only those that are conducted indoors;
• Change the requirements for lettering on notices to be posted under sections 1-81(a) and 1-125(a), as contractors advised that the required font sizes were impractical.

In addition, it was noted that the new Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule, found at Title 53 of Chapter 1 of the RCNY, which also became effective on January 6, 2019, had failed to carry over certain sections from the penalty schedule which had previously been located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. Accordingly, DEP proposes to amend the penalty schedule to correct those omissions.

Finally, the proposed rule divides the penalty schedule into three subdivisions (specifically, the RCNY, the New York State Industrial Code, and the New York City Administrative Code). No substantive change is intended with respect to the amendments made by sections six and nine of the propose other than the addition of a penalty for a violation of Administrative Code § 24-1002.

Consistent with the above, DEP proposes to promulgate the following amendments, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 1 and 53.

The rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter and sections 24-105 and 24-136 of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

DEP HEARING CONCERNING CORRECTIONS TO THE ASBESTOS PENALTY SCHEDULE

Location: 
DEP 8th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 8th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

City of New York

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Environmental Control Board

Notice of Promulgation of Rule

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED in the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) in accordance with Sections 1049-a and 1043 of the New York City Charter. Effective June 1, 2019, OATH ECB repeals its Sewer Control Penalty Schedule rule, found in Section 3-123 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York. The proposed rule repeal was published in The City Record on August 31, 2018, and a public hearing was held on October 3, 2018. 

No one attended or testified at the public hearing concerning this rule repeal and OATH did not receive any written comments. 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) repeals its Sewer Control Penalty Schedule rule. This schedule is found in Section 3-123 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). The Sewer Control Penalty Schedule contains penalties for summonses issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for violations of Chapter 5 of Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York and Chapter 19 of Title 15 of the RCNY. This penalty schedule provides penalties for violations relating to the construction and regulation of public sewers, including unauthorized discharge into public sewers. DEP is promulgating a related rule adding a similar Sewer Control Penalty Schedule to its rules with an effective date of June 1, 2019.

The context for this repeal is that OATH ECB is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules codified at Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the RCNY so that they can be incorporated into the rules of the agencies having rulemaking and policymaking authority over the laws underlying the violations. Such repeals will also serve OATH’s core function of adjudication and help alleviate the false public perception that OATH is an enforcement agency, rather than a neutral tribunal.

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violation of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule to the enforcement agency’s rules 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 rule repeal will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency.  The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during that process.

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 could 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. This rule repeal was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Section 1. The Sewer Control Penalty Schedule rule, found in Section 3-123 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, is REPEALED effective June 1, 2019.

 

Effective Date: 
Sat, 06/01/2019

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

Section 1403(a) of the Charter of the City of New York provides that the Commissioner of Environmental Protection (“Commissioner”) has “charge and control of: all structures and property connected with the supply and distribution of water for public use not owned by private corporations,” and authorizes the Commissioner to make and enforce rules and regulations “governing and restricting the use and supply of water.” Section 24-302 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York directs the Commissioner to “maintain, preserve and repair all structures and all other property connected with the water supply.” Section 3304.3.3 of the New York City building code requires notification to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection prior to commencement of any proposed soil or foundation work, for any purpose, to a depth greater than 50 feet (15 240 mm) in the borough of the Bronx or on or north of 135th Street in the borough of Manhattan, or greater than 100 feet (30 480mm) in the borough of Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island or south of 135th Street in the borough of Manhattan. Section 24-367 of the Administrative Code requires approval by and a permit from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for any such work that the Department determines is in close proximity to its critical infrastructure.

The proposed rules accomplish these purposes and enable the Commissioner to protect New York City’s water supply infrastructure by adding a new Chapter 57 to Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York. Chapter 57 will set forth uniform standards to govern the permitting of drilling and excavation operations in close proximity to the Department’s and Water Board’s water tunnels and shafts in the five boroughs of New York City. The rules will protect the tunnels and shafts from potential damage due to drilling and excavation by putting in place a formal process through which the Commissioner will review all proposed drilling and excavation work and ensure that there is no such work done in close proximity to critical infrastructure. The rules establish a permitting process for drilling and excavation, standards for such operations, insurance requirements, conditions under which the Commissioner may approve a variance, and penalties for non-compliance with the rules and permit conditions. The rules do not apply outside the five boroughs of New York City.

Subject: 

DEP Drilling and Excavation Proposed Rule

Location: 
DEP 13th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 13 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

DEP has adopted a new rule, adding a new Chapter 54 of Title 15 of the (RCNY, to govern the siting and storage of hazardous substances stored in portable containers. The rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and section 24-716(b) of the Ad Code.
The addition of this new rule requires a change to the existing Community Right-to-Know Penalty Schedule, in order to add penalties for 15 RCNY section 41-14 as specified in section 24-713(d) of the Ad Code.
The current Community Right-to-Know Law Penalty Schedule, which is located in OATH’s rules at 48 RCNY § 3-104, will be repealed by OATH on the same day that this rule takes effect.
Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violations of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents.
Moving the penalty schedule to DEP’s rules will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties.
Finally, the rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency. The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during that process.
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 repeal of 48 RCNY §3-104 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

DEP received no comments regarding the rule.

DEP’s authority for this rule is found in New York City Charter section 1043 and Section 24-713 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 04/05/2019

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

Section 24-705 of the Ad Code provides that DEP “by regulation shall develop a facility inventory form” which is to be filed annually with DEP by facilities in accordance with Ad Code section 24-706 in order to report the presence of certain hazardous substances in facilities.

DEP complied with section 24-705 by promulgating an FIF as Appendix A to the Community Right-to-Know Rules, which are found at Title 15, Chapter 41 of the Rules of the City of New York. However, the FIF which currently appears in Appendix A has not been revised since 1990.

The current FIF needs to be updated for two reasons: First, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended its hazardous chemical reporting regulations (40 CFR Part 370) to implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), as a result of changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Following EPCRA, to incorporate the adoption of the OSHA HCS in 40 CFR Part 370, the U.S. EPA is replacing the existing five federal hazard categories for list reporting (Section 311) and annual inventory reporting (Section 312) with 24 new physical and health hazard categories. Since the FIF must reflect EPA’s reporting requirements, it must be changed to accommodate these new categories.

Second, Local Law Number 143 for the year 2013 amended Title 24 of the Ad Code by requiring the department to promulgate rules amending the FIF to include (1) any applicable special flood hazard area zone, as established by the Building Code, and Office of Emergency Management coastal storm and hurricane evacuation zone; (2) a certification that hazardous substance storage is in compliance with department rules and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations; and (3) a description of how such storage takes into account potential flooding and other extreme weather events.

This rule also makes technical corrections to 15 RCNY §§ 41-03 (definitions), 41-05(a) and 41-12(b) (1).

DEP received one comment regarding the rule. In response to this comment, the words “and used” have been added after the word “stored” in the certification language at the end of the form.

DEP’s authority for this rule is found in New York City Charter section 1043 and Section 24-705 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 03/08/2019

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule
Local Law Number 61 of 2018 amended the Administrative Code by adding a new Section 24-154, which provides that, before the performance of mold remediation work in certain buildings, the New York State-licensed mold remediation contractor must file a notice of mold remediation with DEP no later than two business days before the project start date.
Section 24-154(c)(3)(b) further provides that notice may be filed within 24 hours after the project starts, instead of at least two days before, if the mold condition to be remediated poses an immediate risk of harm to any person or damage to property. The purpose of this rule is to establish when such a risk of harm exists.
DEP is adopting this rule in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Housing Preservation and Development and Buildings, as required by Section 24-154(c)(3)(b).
No comments were received on the rule.
Consistent with the above, DEP promulgates the following rule to be found at Chapter 58 in Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Effective Date: 
Thu, 04/18/2019

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

City of New York

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Environmental Control Board

Notice of Promulgation of Rule

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED in the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) in accordance with Sections 1049-a and 1043 of the New York City Charter. OATH ECB repeals its Community Right-To-Know Penalty Schedule rule, found in Section 3-104 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York. The proposed rule repeal was published in The City Record on August 31, 2018, and a public hearing was held on October 3, 2018. 

No one attended or testified at the public hearing concerning this rule repeal and OATH did not receive any written comments. 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) repeals its Community Right-To-Know Penalty Schedule rule. This schedule is found in § 3-104 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), and it contains penalties for violations of the Community Right-To-Know Law, codified in Chapter 7 of Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. This penalty schedule provides the penalties for violations relating to the siting and storage of hazardous substances stored in portable containers. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is promulgating a related rule adding a similar Community Right-To-Know Penalty Schedule to Chapter 41 of Title 15 of the RCNY, including one new violation of 15 RCNY § 41-14.

The context for this repeal is that OATH ECB is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules codified at Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the RCNY so that they can be incorporated into the rules of the agencies having rulemaking and policymaking authority over the laws underlying the violations. Such repeals will also serve OATH’s core function of adjudication and help alleviate the false public perception that OATH is an enforcement agency, rather than a neutral tribunal.

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violation of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule to the enforcement agency’s rules 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 rule repeal will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency. The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during that process.

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 could 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. This rule repeal was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Section 1. The Community Right-To-Know Penalty Schedule rule, found in Section 3-104 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, is REPEALED.

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 03/06/2019

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
Local Law Number 61 of 2018 amended the Administrative Code by adding a new Section 24-154, which provides that, before the performance of mold remediation work in certain buildings, the New York State-licensed mold remediation contractor must file a notice of mold remediation with DEP no later than two business days before the project start date.
Section 24-154(c)(3)(b) further provides that notice may be filed within 24 hours after the project starts, instead of at least two days before, if the mold condition to be remediated poses an immediate risk of harm to any person or damage to property. The purpose of this proposed rule is to establish when such a risk of harm exists.
DEP is proposing this rule in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Housing Preservation and Development and Buildings, as required by Section 24-154(c)(3)(b).
Consistent with the above, DEP proposes to promulgate the following rule as a new Chapter 53 in Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York.
The Rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter and Section 24-154(c)(1)(g) of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Notice of Mold Remediation Work

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

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) DEP is adopting a new rule, adding a new Chapter 54 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), to govern the siting and storage of hazardous substances stored in portable containers. The proposed rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and section 24-716(b) of the Administrative Code.
The addition of this new rule requires a change to the existing Community Right-to-Know Penalty Schedule, in order to add penalties for 15 RCNY section 41-14 as specified in section 24-713(d) of the Administrative Code.
The current Community Right-to-Know Law Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-104, will be repealed by OATH on the same day that this proposed rule takes effect.
The penalty schedule will be moved from OATH Environmental Control Board (ECB) to DEP’s rules. Although OATH Environmental Control Board (ECB) is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violations of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents.
Moving the penalty schedule to DEP’s rules will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties.
Finally, the proposed rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency. The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during that process.
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 §3-104 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.
DEP’s authority for these rules is found in sections of the New York City Charter section 1043 and Section 24-713 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Promulgation of Right to Know Penalty Schedule

Location: 
DEP 19th Floor Fishbowl Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 19 Floor
Flsuhing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

DEP is promulgating this rule, to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Chapter 53, to establish penalties for violations of Title 15, Chapter 1 of the Rules of the City of New York, also known as the Asbestos Control Program Rules (ACP Rules). The rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-136 and 24-178 of the Air Pollution Control Code.
DEP is making a number of changes to the existing ACP Rules which require changes to the existing Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule. These changes include the addition of penalties for several new sections of the ACP Rules (sections 1-26(b)(4), 1-26(h), 1-26(i), 1-28(f), 1-29(d), 1-38, 1-109(c), and 1-109(d)).
The current Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-110, will be repealed by OATH on the same day that this rule takes effect.
DEP did not receive any comments regarding the rule, but is making one change to the penalty schedule to remove section 1-16(a)(3), which has been replaced by section 1-38 in the new ACP Rules.
Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violations of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule to DEP’s rules will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties. Finally, the rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/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 repeal of 48 RCNY §3-101 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Effective Date: 
Sun, 01/06/2019

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