Business trade groups are working to oppose a proposal by Teaneck officials that would require emergency generators at gas stations, supermarkets and housing facilities for seniors and the disabled, the Record reported Monday.
The ordinance, introduced after power outages from Hurricane Sandy crippled the township, would levy fines between $100 and $1,000 for businesses that don’t comply.
Among the concerns of industry groups are what they said is the high cost of mandating emergency generators. Teaneck is not offering any financial assistance to help merchants purchase the power back-ups.
The state Assembly in June passed a measure to give no-interest loans to help gas station owners wire their stores for emergency power, but there are doubts if powering the stations would have prevented massive fuel lines after Sandy.
Damaged refineries and distribution centers were the main cause of the long lines, an industry representative said in the report.