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Monroe County introduces grease trap cover legislation

July 26, 2019 05:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has introduced legislation to regulate the safety and security of grease trap covers following the death of a 3-year-old boy. 

Bryce Raynor died last week after falling into a grease trap at Tim Hortons on University Avenue in Rochester. The grease trap was covered only with an unsecured plastic lid.

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No clear standard currently exists in New York state for the ongoing inspection and enforcement of grease trap covers. 

Under the proposed law, grease traps with manhole covers will be required to withstand sufficient weight and secured by a bolt or have a heavy enough weight to prevent unauthorized access.  

If approved, the county health department will also conduct yearly inspections of all food service establishments that utilize grease traps and/or interceptors with manhole covers.

A public hearing will be held before the Aug. 13 meeting of the Monroe County Legislature. The proposal will then be considered by the county legislature at a meeting on Sept. 10.

Once passed, the legislation will be subject to a second public hearing before becoming effective by the end of September. 

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