In April 2011 DEP established a new rule to phase out the use of No. 4 and No. 6 heating oils over the next 20 years. These regulations are expected to save more than 300 lives and avoid 600 emergency room visits and 200 hospitalizations each year by 2030. In July DEP and the New York City Department of Buildings streamlined the fuel change filing process, making the transition to cleaner No. 2 oil or natural gas faster and easier and saving building owners approximately $3,000 for each boiler conversion. In 2011 the city also announced the Clean Heat campaign, to assist property owners in complying with these regulations through education, outreach, and technical assistance.
The 2012 PlaNYC Progress Report showed that New York City has completed or made substantial progress on more than three-quarters of the milestones set forth in the 2011 version of PlaNYC. With responsibility for more than a quarter of the city’s initiatives, DEP is proud to be making significant contributions to protect the city’s public health and the environment by providing high-quality drinking water and collecting and treating wastewater. Over the past decade, DEP has invested more than $20 billion to protect our drinking water supply and improve the health of our waterways—more than any other city in the United States. And over the next decade, DEP will continue to invest more than $14 billion to further improve our infrastructure and continue to lead the nation in finding the most cost-effective, sustainable, and efficient ways to deliver high-quality drinking water and protect our waterways.