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NYC Community Right-to-Know Law


See: community right-to-know program leaving NYCWasteLess at NYC Dept of Environmental Protection

Law: NYC Administrative Code leaving NYCWasteLess (Title 24, Chapter 7: Community Right-to-Know Law)

Rules: Rules of the City of New York leaving NYCWasteLess (Title 15, Chapter 41: Community Right-to-Know Regulations)

Summary: NYC's Community Right-to-Know Law, enacted as Local Law 26 of 1988, requires commercial, industrial, or public facilities that use, store, process, or handle any substance on NYC's List of Hazardous Substances at or above its threshold reporting quantity (TRQ) to provide information including chemical names, amounts stored, substance characteristics, safe treatment methods, and potential health effects to the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection. This information shall be made available to city personnel responsible for responding to emergencies involving hazardous substances and the public. The Rules detail a long list of covered chemicals, which includes perchloroethylene (PERC) and asbestos.

NYC Dept of Environmental Protection partners with The US Dept of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) leaving NYCWasteLess to implement the city's Right to Know Law in conjunction with OSHA's Hazard Communication regulations leaving NYCWasteLess.

Amendments: This law has been amended multiple times. Local Law 76 of 2003 leaving NYCWasteLess amends the law to require facilities where extremely hazardous substances or regulated toxic substances are present at or above federally determined levels to prepare and submit a Risk Management Plan. Local Law 82 of 2003 leaving NYCWasteLess amends the law to increase penalties for violation of the law and rules.

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