NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio signed new legislation into law Tuesday aimed at regulating cooling towers in response to the Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Bronx.
The new law requires landlords to register, inspect and regularly clean cooling towers. Building owners would also need to get an annual certification. Those who do not comply would face fines up to $25,000, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.READ MORE: 3 Arrested, 1 Suspect Still Wanted For Drive-By Shooting That Injured 4 In Yonkers
“Today marks New York City becoming the first major city in the United States to regulate cooling towers so that we can protect against Legionnaires’ disease,” de Blasio said.