Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mold and Lead Updates in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

This blog post contains several updates for those performing lead and mold work in the DC, Maryland, Virginia Area.

WASHINGTON DC

The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) recently sent a letter to mold assessment and remediation companies highlighting the licensing enforcement date of August 7, 2017.

Those engaged in the business of mold assessment or remediation in DC must be appropriately licensed by August 7, 2017. Failure to obtain a license could lead to penalties, including fines. After August 7, 2017, mold training courses must be taken from a department-approved training provider. Please visit Zack Academy for mold remediation and mold inspection training available in-person and online.

The regulations also:
  • Specify minimum performance standards and work practices
  • Establish criteria for an individual to obtain a license
  • Identify project notification requirements
  • Provide on-site recordkeeping requirements

MARYLAND

Maryland has passed a new bill that require lead testing for school drinking water.

House Bill 270.  Signed by Governor with Effective Date of June 1, 2017.
  • Requires periodic testing for the presence of lead in each drinking water outlet located in an occupied public or nonpublic school building.
  • Requires initial testing to be conducted on or before July 1, 2018.
  • Places a priority of testing to school buildings constructed before 1988 and school buildings serving Pre-K through Grade 5.
  • Sets actionable requirements for elevated samples.
  • Requires a stakeholder group be developed to provide advice and recommendations on the development of regulations for periodic testing for the presence of lead in each drinking water source.


VIRGINIA

Virginia has also passed a new bill that require lead testing for school drinking water.

Senate Bill 1359. Approved March 20, 2017.
  • Each local school board shall implement a plan to test drinking fountains, cafeteria or kitchen taps, classroom combination sinks and drinking fountains and sinks known to be used for consumption.
  • Remediate if necessary potable water from sources identified by the U.S. EPA as a high priority.
  • Priority is testing in school buildings constructed, in whole or in part, before 1986.
View Virginia Senate Bill 1359.

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