Newslink: In the wake of a recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, SPR’s Scott Furman explains new city and state cooling tower laws to the Wall Street Journal.

Update: To support enforcement of New York City’s cooling tower law, The New York City Environmental Control Board has proposed an amendment of the New York City Department of Building’s (“DOB’s”) penalty schedule to create penalties applicable to (1) the failure to register a cooling tower with DOB, (2) the failure to notify DOB of discontinued use or removal of a cooling tower, and (3) the failure to file an annual certification that a cooling tower has been inspected, tested, cleaned, and disinfected, and that a maintenance plan has been implemented as required by the new City law governing cooling towers.  Under the proposed penalty schedule, the maximum penalty for each offense is $10,000; standard penalties range from $800 to $2,000.

Comments on the proposed penalty schedule may be submitted here until September 21, 2015. A public hearing will be held at 2 pm on September 21, 2015, at the NYC Environmental Control Board, 66 John St., New York, NY 10038.