New Gas Safety Legislation for NYC

By Karen Young

new york cityNew York City is taking action to strengthen gas safety for homes and businesses.  Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of legislation which was supported by National Grid and many parties.  The company worked collaboratively with City agencies, state regulators, the plumbing and building trades and utility operators to help develop legislation that will deliver significant public safety benefits.

The package of 10 pieces of legislation includes increased plumber training and qualifications, periodic inspections, gas safety notification for tenants and governance for gas detectors once an industry standard device is determined.  Last month the bills were passed unanimously by City Council and signed into law after months of review and discussion and in response to a series of gas incidents.

“This legislation is a major step forward to increase public safety and public awareness,” says Eileen Cifone, Manager NYC Government Relations.   “We are all pleased that the City Council worked with National Grid and many parties, including the plumbing industry and most importantly our regulators at the PSC to ensure that appropriate bills were enacted.  I am proud of our team that worked hard to help address critical gas safety concerns.”

Employees from Pipeline Safety and Compliance, Government Relations, Gas Growth Support & Project Management and the US Safety teams worked hard and collaboratively over 18 months with other stakeholders.  The teams helped develop testimony for City Council hearings and provided comments as the bills were amended. 

The new legislation will be phased in over the next several years and details are available on New York City’s website.

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