Hempstead Town Board Approves Gas Station Generator Law

from the Town of Hempstead :

Back-Up Power Would Combat Fuel Lines During Major Power Outages

Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and members of the Town Board today passed a new Gas Station Generator Law in an effort to prevent the long fuel lines during major power outages.

The new legislation, proposed by Murray and Santino, requires gas stations in the township to have back-up generator power capable of operating fuel pumps in the event of a power outage. The officials said the legislation will help mitigate the impact of the type of fuel shortage that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Long Island residents were slammed by Hurricane Sandy, and then slammed again by the fuel shortage and long gas lines that crippled our area after the storm,” said Murray. “Requiring gasoline retailers to provide generator back-up power to operate fuel pumps during serious electrical outages could mitigate fuel shortages during and after a crisis like Sandy.”

Gasoline stations that pump more than 100,000 gallons a month would be required to comply with the town’s new generator law. Existing gasoline retailers would have until January 15, 2015 to come into compliance with the new legislation. Newly constructed facilities would immediately be required to build gas stations to the new standard. Similar legislation has gone into effect in Florida and Louisiana.

“I think this common-sense legislation will help people to remain mobile after major catastrophes,” concluded Murray. “This law is one way we can mitigate the impact of major disasters that cause widespread power outages,” added Santino.

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