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File #: Int 0773-2012    Version: * Name: Eco-friendly plumbers.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 2/1/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to eco-friendly plumbers.
Sponsors: G. Oliver Koppell, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Rosie Mendez, Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 10/24/13, 2. Hearing Testimony 10/24/13, 3. Hearing Transcript 10/24/13
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12/31/2013*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/24/2013*G. Oliver Koppell Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/24/2013*G. Oliver Koppell Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2012*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2012*G. Oliver Koppell City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 773
 
By Council Members Koppell, James, Lander, Mark-Viverito, Mendez and Williams
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to eco-friendly plumbers.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Findings and Intent.  Environmentally conscious consumers are increasingly seeking out businesses and products they believe to be "organic," "green," or "environmentally friendly."  Reducing potentially harmful impact on the environment is a laudable and important goal, yet in many industries there are no standards to define environmentally friendly products.  Numerous plumbers throughout New York City have "greenwashed" their businesses, claiming in advertising that they are "eco-friendly" or "green" and however, currently there is no codified definition of what these terms mean in the plumbing industry.  
      Accordingly, the Council finds that it is in the best interest of consumers to increase awareness of the methods and supplies an eco-friendly plumber uses and to create standards to prevent deceptive advertising by plumbers who may baselessly claim to be environmentally friendly.
      §2.  Chapter 4 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new article 421 to read as follows:
ARTICLE 421
ECO-FRIENDLY PLUMBER REGISTRATION
§28-421.1 Eco-Friendly plumber registration.
§28-421.2 Term.
§28-421.3 Regulations.
§28-421.4 Effect on other licensing requirements.
 
§28-421.1 Eco-friendly plumber registration.  Upon receiving proof satisfactory to the commissioner that an applicant operates in accordance with internationally recognized standards for eco-friendly plumbers, the commissioner shall register the applicant as an eco-friendly plumber. Such standards shall be set forth in rules promulgated by the department, and may include those adopted by the International Association for Plumbing and Mechanical Operators.  Such proof shall reflect a progressive understanding, proficiency and competence in the plumbing trade regarding the use of eco-friendly methods and supplies.
§28-421.2 Term. The registration as an eco-friendly plumber shall expire on the third anniversary that such registration was issued.
§28-421.3 Regulations.  The commissioner may promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this article.
§28-421.4 Effect on other licensing requirements.  The provisions of this article, and any rules promulgated thereunder, shall have no effect on any other city, state or federal requirements pertaining to plumbers or the regulation of substances or methods used by plumbers in New York city.  
§3. This local law shall take effect one hundred and twenty (120) days after it shall have been enacted into law, provided that the commissioner may take any actions necessary prior to such effective date for the implementation of this local law including, but not limited to, the adoption of any necessary rules.
 
 
 
 
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