[ RadSafe ] NYC permitting of detectors: Current Status
sjd at swcp.com
Sat Feb 9 22:16:23 CST 2008
None of these links provide up-to-date developments, however they
may provide useful background.
This is from a blog for professors of First Amendment law. The
title is "NYC Sensor Licensing Proposal Could Raise First Amendment
Questions," dated Feb. 2.
The First Amendment blog links to an Jan. 30 editorial page
article in the NY Times by three research scientists at Columbia's
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who raise some questions about the
It also links to a letter from the American Industrial Hygiene
Association to NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg pointing out some of the
shortcomings of the proposed law.
The American Society of Safety Engineers has voiced its objections
to the proposed law.
According to a Jan. 9 article in the NY Daily News (quoting
Richard Falkenrath, NYPD's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism), the
Department of Homeland Security had contacted NYPD "some months ago" asking
it to look into all the sensors that were "being deployed in this
city." (The Peter Vallone who keeps cropping up in articles about this
proposed law is Peter Vallone Jr., of Queens. He is the chairman of the
Public Safety Committee.)
Note in the last article that the DHS approached NYPD asking it to
do something about all the detectors being deployed in NYC. I wonder why
DHS approached NYPD? (Perhaps because Sept. 11 led to a marked
proliferation of detectors from citizens interested in measuring airborne
dust after the collapse of the World Trade Center
buildings.) Nevertheless, in principle there are other large cities that
could have been approached. Have any of them been approached about
I wonder if DHS decided that if it could ram this thing through in NYC that
it could ram it through anywhere. That is, is New York City being made
into a test city in the Department of Homeland Security's possible
determination to instigate a vast increase in its regulatory grasp? And
how clever of DHS to partially hide behind NYPD and the City Council,
letting them catch all the flak, while DHS sits back and watches, and
evaluates the amount of the opposition, and its ability to oppose the DHS's
At 04:31 PM 2/9/08 -0600, Dan W McCarn wrote:
>Is there any new word out concerning the New York City Council proposed
>licensing of instruments?
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