Requires that all temporary and permanent dwellings in the state shall install an operable combustible gas detector that wirelessly connects to the gas company; requires gas companies to release an annual report of the frequency of gas leaks by county.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A4480
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring combustible
gas detectors in certain structures
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would require the installation of combustible gas detectors in
all residential dwellings.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 17. This subdivision requires that all temporary and perma-
nent dwellings in the state shall have installed an operable combustible
gas detector that wirelessly connects to the gas company. Gas companies
will release an annual report of the frequency of gas leaks by county.
Section 2 - Implementation Date
Just as we require smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in our buildings,
it is imperative that we include methane detectors in every home. This
legislation will save lives, property, money, and the environment from
needless destruction and waste due to gas leaks. A survey by the Ameri-
can Chemical Society in 2015 found 1,050 methane leaks in Manhattan,
equivalent to about four leaks per mile. In the Lower Hudson Valley,
three of the four natural gas facilities have above average leaks. Syra-
cuse had over two hundred leaks.
These widespread emissions have drastic consequences. In March 2014, a
natural gas explosion in East Harlem leveled two buildings that left
eight dead: over fifty wounded and displaced more than one hundred fami-
lies. As the use of natural gas becomes more pervasive, we must take
concrete steps to protect our citizens from experiencing similar trage-
dies. By installing methane detectors in every New Yorker's home,
authorities will be able to fix these dangerous gas lines before severe
damage is done. These detectors would be wirelessly connected to the gas
company to ensure immediate reporting of leaks even in instances when
residents are absent. This legislation requires that gas Companies
release an annual report detailing the number of gas leaks by county so
that we may monitor progress.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A469-2017/18-referred to Governmental Operations
This act shall take effect July 1st, 2020
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
February 4, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. RODRIGUEZ, COOK -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring combustible
gas detectors in certain structures
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 378 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
2 subdivision 19 to read as follows:
3 19. a. (i) Standards for installation of combustible gas detectors
4 requiring, no later than July first, two thousand twenty-two that every
5 one or two-family dwelling, or any dwelling accommodation located in a
6 building owned as a condominium or cooperative in the state or any
7 multiple dwellings shall have installed an operable combustible gas
8 detector of such manufacture, design and installation standards as are
9 established by the council.
10 (ii) Standards for the reporting of gas leaks reported via automatic
11 transmission to a gas company by a gas detector by such gas companies.
12 Provided, however, that such standards shall require a gas company to
13 issue an annual report detailing the number of leaks received in a
14 calendar year disaggregated by county.
15 b. For purposes of this subdivision, combustible gas detector means an
16 alarm device that complies with the applicable standards of the American
17 National Standards Institute, or its successors, for residential devices
18 for the detection of combustible quantities of methane and propane
19 gases, unless such standards are superseded by rules adopted by the
20 council. Provided, however, that such devices shall further be equipped
21 with technology enabling such devices to automatically report the occur-
22 rence of each gas leak detected by such devices to the company providing
23 gas to the dwelling in which such device is located.
24 c. For purposes of this subdivision, multiple dwelling means a dwell-
25 ing which is either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied, or
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 is occupied as the temporary or permanent residence or home of three or
2 more families living independently of each other, including but not
3 limited to the following: a tenement, flat house, maisonette apartment,
4 apartment house, apartment hotel, tourist house, bachelor apartment,
5 studio apartment, duplex apartment, kitchenette apartment, hotel, lodg-
6 ing house, rooming house, boarding house, boarding and nursery school,
7 furnished room house, club, sorority house, fraternity house, college
8 and school dormitory, convalescent, old age or nursing homes or resi-
9 dences. It shall also include a dwelling, two or more stories in height,
10 and with five or more boarders, roomers or lodgers residing with any one
11 family. New construction shall mean a new facility or a separate build-
12 ing added to an existing facility.
13 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.