[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 12-20-1994 by L.L. No. 3-1995 (Ch. 10 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
This Legislature hereby recognizes that air-conditioning systems which use Freon gases and other chorofluoride carbons (CFCs) may cause environmental damage in emergencies and breakdowns by releasing chemicals into the air. This Legislature further finds and determines that a patented process has been developed to install a refrigerant conservation device on the relief line of air-conditioning units which would divert any escaping gases into a holding tank, instead of into the air, and which would automatically shut the system off until it was repaired. Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to require refrigerant conservation devices on County-owned or -operated air-conditioning systems and to establish a model for the state and other municipalities to follow so that the cumulative impact of such local initiatives can ultimately reduce, if not eliminate, environmental damage caused by CFCs.
Any air-conditioning system installed on County-owned or County-leased property on or after the effective date of this chapter shall be equipped with refrigerant conservation devices on the relief line designed to divert any escaping gases into a holding tank rather than into the air.
In those instances in which air-conditioning systems are to be installed pursuant to an agreement with a private individual, firm or company that has contracted with the County of Suffolk to manage a County property or to lease a property to the County of Suffolk, such requirement shall be made a provision of said contract or lease, and the failure to comply with such provision shall be deemed a breach of said contract or lease for which the County of Suffolk may collect liquidated damages as set forth in said contract or lease.
This chapter shall apply to air-conditioning systems installed on or after the effective date of this chapter.