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File #: Int 1966-2020    Version: Name: Creating a pilot program to test sewage for SARS-CoV-2.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 6/18/2020
Enactment date: 3/14/2021 Law number: 2021/028
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to creating a pilot program to test sewage for SARS-CoV-2
Sponsors: Costa G. Constantinides, Keith Powers , Ben Kallos, Kalman Yeger , Darma V. Diaz, Diana Ayala
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Summary: This bill would require the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene to create a pilot program to test the city’s wastewater treatment plants for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and submit a report with the results of the program.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1966-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1966, 3. Int. No. 1966, 4. June 18, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-18-20, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 18, 2020, 7. Committee Report 10/26/20, 8. Hearing Testimony 10/26/20, 9. Hearing Transcript 10/26/20, 10. Proposed Int. No. 1966-A - 2/8/21, 11. Committee Report 2/11/21, 12. Hearing Transcript 2/11/21, 13. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 14. February 11, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-11-21, 16. Int. No. 1966-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor
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3/15/2021ACosta G. Constantinides City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/2021ACosta G. Constantinides Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/2021ACosta G. Constantinides City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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2/11/2021*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/2021*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Environmental Protection Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
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10/26/2020*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/26/2020*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/18/2020*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/18/2020*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1966-A

 

By Council Members Constantinides, Powers, Kallos, Yeger, D. Diaz and Ayala

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to creating a pilot program to test sewage for SARS-CoV-2

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 5 of title 24 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 24-531 to read as follows:

§ 24-531 Wastewater testing program. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

PCR using N1 Primer. The term “PCR using N1 Primer” means the measurement of the copies of the targeted viral RNA segment in a wastewater sample using a polymerase chain reaction based method.

SARS-CoV-2. The term “SARS-CoV-2” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which is the strain of coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Wastewater-based epidemiology. The term “wastewater-based epidemiology” means the chemical analysis of pollutants, viruses and biomarkers in raw wastewater to obtain qualitative and quantitative data on disease activity among inhabitants within a given wastewater catchment.

b. The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of health and mental hygiene, shall establish a pilot sampling program to quantify the levels of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in sewage at each city wastewater treatment plant in accordance with this section. Such sampling program shall occur on a frequency of no less than twice per week and shall include, but not be limited to, the measurement of the number of copies of SARS-CoV-2 RNA through the PCR using N1 Primer testing method or another testing method that reflects industry best practices.

c. The duration of such pilot sampling program shall be no less than six months and the commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of health and mental hygiene, shall collect sewage samples in an amount necessary to measure the copies of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

d. No later than January 31, 2022, the commissioner shall submit to the mayor and speaker of the council a report, which shall include, but not be limited to the following:

1. Results of sampling, disaggregated by the site where the sample was collected, date sample was collected, and date sample was tested, in order to monitor the leading indicators of increases or decreases in COVID-19 presence in each drainage area throughout the study;

2. The total cost of such pilot program;

3. Analysis of the effectiveness of the pilot program in testing for SARS-CoV-2;

4. Recommendations to expand the pilot program to include sampling at manhole sites and pumping stations if wastewater-based epidemiology detects SARS-CoV-2 in an amount, as determined by the commissioner of health and mental hygiene, that indicates a localized concentration of COVID-19;

5. Recommendations to extend the pilot program for up to an additional six months if more testing is necessary, as determined by the commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of health and mental hygiene;

6. A plan for weekly testing at each city wastewater treatment plant if the commissioner of health and mental hygiene or state commissioner of health declares that the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 is appropriate for such action or if the centers for disease control and prevention issues a SARS-CoV-2 pandemic declaration;

7. Recommendations to use a sequencing testing method other than PCR using N1 Primer to test samples, if the commissioner determines that such additional testing method is beneficial; and

8. Recommendations for making the pilot program permanent.

e. The information required by paragraph 1 of subdivision d of this section shall be maintained on the website of the city.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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