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File #: Int 0692-2000    Version: * Name: Hazardous Substances Emergency Response Law
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 1/19/2000
Enactment date: 7/12/2001 Law number: 2001/041
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the New York City hazardous substances emergency response law.
Sponsors: Stanley E. Michels, Kathryn E. Freed, Tracy L. Boyland, (by request of the Mayor), Sheldon S. Leffler, Jose Rivera, Helen M. Marshall, Victor L. Robles, John D. Sabini, Adolfo Carrion, Stephen J. Fiala
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 2/28, 2. Hearing Transcript 2/28, 3. Committee Report 6/12, 4. Hearing Transcript 6/12, 5. Fiscal Impact Statement, 6. Local Law
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
7/12/2001*Stanley E. Michels City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/12/2001*Stanley E. Michels Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/12/2001*Stanley E. Michels Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/28/2001*Stanley E. Michels City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/28/2001*Stanley E. Michels City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2001*Stanley E. Michels Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/2001*Stanley E. Michels Committee on Environmental Protection Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2001*Stanley E. Michels Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2001*Stanley E. Michels Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2000*Stanley E. Michels City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2000*Stanley E. Michels Legislative Documents Unit Printed Item Laid on Desk  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2000*Stanley E. Michels City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 692
 
By Council Members Michels, Freed and Boyland (by request of the Mayor); also Council Members Leffler, Rivera, Marshall, Robles, Sabini, Carrion and Fiala
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the New York City hazardous substances emergency response law.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
      Section 1.  Subdivision (e) of section 24-603 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 42 for the year 1987, is amended to read as follows:
      e. "release" means any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping or disposing into the environment, or the abandonment of a container or containers containing hazardous substance or substances.
      §2. Subdivision (b) of section 24-609 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 42 for the year 1987, is amended to read as follows:
      b. The commissioner may promulgate regulations requiring any responsible person who knows or has reason to know of any release of a listed hazardous substance to immediately notify the commissioner.  Such regulations shall establish the minimum quantity of any listed hazardous substance the release of which shall be reported to the commissioner and shall set forth the form and manner of any notification required.  A knowing failure to comply with such notification requirement shall be punishable by a fine of not more than (ten) twenty-five thousand dollars, to be recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the commissioner or in a proceeding before the environmental control board.
      §3. The heading of section 24-610 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 42 for the year 1987, is amended to read as follows:
      §24-610.  Orders to responsible persons; civil and criminal penalties and imprisonment.
      §4. Subdivision (c) of section 24-610 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 42 for the year 1987 is amended to read as follows:
      c. Any responsible person who without sufficient cause, willfully violates, or fails or refuses to comply with, any order of the commissioner issued pursuant to section 24-608 may be liable: (1) for a civil penalty of not more than [five] ten thousand dollars for each day in which such violation occurs or such failure or refusal to comply continues; and (2) for an additional civil penalty in an amount at least equal to, and not more than three times, the amount of any costs incurred by the city as a result of such person's willful violation, or failure or refusal to comply.  Such penalties may be recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the commissioner or in a proceeding before the environmental control board.
      §5. Section 24-610 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision (d) to read as follows:
      d. In addition to the penalties set forth in subdivision c of this section and subdivision b of section 24-609, any person who knowingly violates or fails to comply with any order, rule or regulation issued by the commissioner pursuant to this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both, for each violation.
      §6. This local law shall take effect sixty days after it shall have become a law.