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Please note: this meeting has been deferred.
Meeting Name: Committee on Environmental Protection Agenda status: Deferred
Meeting date/time: 4/29/2019 Deferred Minutes status: Deferred  
Meeting location: 250 Broadway - Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
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Int 0272-2018 *Justin L. Brannan  Reducing methane emissionsIntroductionThis local law requires that the Department of Environmental Protection to survey leaks within city-owned buildings once every five years and repair the leaks. It requires an annual report on the methane leaks in city-owned buildings. The report must include the repairs made and an estimate of the methane emissions reduced. At least once in every five years, the department is required to transmit to each gas corporation, recommendations regarding repairs and other work undertaken by such corporation to address methane leaks, including but not limited to prioritization of such repairs. At the same time, the department shall also transmit a copy of such recommendations to the mayor and the speaker of the council. Responses to the recommendations shall also be transmitted to the Mayor and the Speaker. This local law also requires every building in the city to be surveyed for methane leaks including every dwelling unit upon vacancy.   Action details Not available
Int 1055-2018 *Costa G. Constantinides  Examination, survey and mapping of all methane leaks in NYC.IntroductionThis proposed local law amends Chapter 24-424 of the Administrative Code by adding a new subdivision d. requiring an office or agency designated by the mayor to examine, survey and map all methane leaks and to provide written notification to any relevant gas utility of the city’s intent or the city’s grant of consent to open the ground on any public way to survey the area for the presence of natural gas. Where natural gas leaks are identified this proposed local law would require repair or replacement of any aging, leak-prone or leaking natural gas infrastructure located on or in any public way responsible for a large volumetric leak. Where any leaking natural gas infrastructure that is the source of a large volumetric leak is not repaired within ninety days after notice, the designated agency shall repair the leak and seek cost recovery on behalf of the city.   Action details Not available
Int 1399-2019 *Costa G. Constantinides  Creation of a department of sustainability and climate change and repealing section 20 of chapter 1 of the New York city charter.IntroductionThis proposed legislation would repeal the existing office of sustainability and replace it with a new Department of Sustainability and Climate Change. A Commissioner would head the new department. The Commissioner would be responsible for all matters relating to resiliency of critical infrastructure, the built environment, coastal protection and coastal communities and climate change. The commissioner would also be responsible for all matters pertaining to recovery and resiliency and sustainability. The commissioner would have the power to develop and coordinate the implementation of policies, programs and actions to meet the long-term needs of the city, to develop measurable sustainability indicators and to take actions to increase public awareness and education regarding sustainability and climate change. The proposed legislation also creates a sustainability advisory board with representatives from the environmental, environmental justice, planning, architecture, engineering, oceanography, coastal protection, construction, critical infrastructure, labor, business and academic sectors. The legislation requires reporting on existing or revised sustainability indicators and population projections. The Commissioner will be required to develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive, long-term sustainability plan for the city for a period of at least 30 years. The plan is required to set milestones, interim and long-term goals, to be updated every four years and to include annual reports on the city’s progress in improving the sustainability indicators. Finally, the legislation creates interagency green team to pilot and facilitate the use of innovative technologies, design and construction techniques, materials or products that may have significant environmental and sustainability benefits and to assist innovative projects in addressing local regulatory requirements.   Action details Not available