A.7566 (John) / S.5046 (Nozzolio)
Plastic Pipe Restrictions
May 16, 2005
The Business Council strongly opposes this legislation which
would extend and make permanent a
state prohibition on the use of plastic pipe and conduit in many construction applications .
We urge you to oppose this legislation for a number of reasons:
- It flies in the face of the state's newly adopted uniform
building code. After years of debate,
New York finally adopted the International Building Code and International Plumbing Code,
with widespread support. Use of these uniform codes gave the construction community
greater consistency in requirements when doing projects in New York. If this prohibition is
extended, New York will be one of only two states to impose such a restriction.
will add to the cost of commercial, industrial and multi-family construction
projects – yet
another contribution to the already high cost of doing business in New York, and the high
cost of developing "affordable housing" in many parts of the state, especially downstate,
where the lack of affordable housing is reaching a crisis level. This legislation is being pushed
by the plumbers union in the belief that it will be beneficial to their members – ignoring the
impact that higher building costs imposed by expensive state mandates will have on the
overall volume of development projects.
- It will result in possible
criminal penalties, and expensive retrofit requirements, being
imposed on builders who install plastic piping according to their building code permit, only to
learn that they violated this plastic pipe restriction established in the State Labor Law. We
have already seen a number of such enforcement actions based on this discrepancy in state
- Lastly, and perhaps most important, there is no sound reason
to ban this material in
construction applications. Some have argued that plastic pipe pose an additional risk when it
burns. There is substantial documentation to disprove that assertion.
New York is still recovering from the recent economic recession. The
last thing we need is
another anti-competitive cost measure imposed on development efforts. For these reasons, we
urge you to reject this legislation, and allow the plastic pipe restrictions to sunset this year.