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  • NJ A3508
  • Requires development and implementation of mitigation plans for radon contamination in certain child care centers; requires DOE to develop such plans for child care centers operating in public schools, request funding, and implement plans when funded.
Introduced
(4/4/2016)
In Committee
(4/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill addresses mitigation for the presence of radon gas or radon progeny in a child care center or in a public school. Specifically, the bill requires the owner of the building in which a child care center is located to contract for the mitigation of radon contamination that, in the lowest level of a building where children are supervised, is equal to or greater than four picocuries per liter or the United States Environmental Protection Agency standard at the time of testing. The bill requires that the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, develop mitigation plans for such a presence of radon gas or radon progeny in public schools, determine the extent of the problem, request sufficient State funding for mitigating the problem, and implement the mitigation plans in public schools within one year after the funding is appropriated to the department. The bill also specifies that any required mitigation be performed by a person properly certified by law. In addition to these requirements, the bill shortens the interval for testing currently required by law from every five years to every three years. In the case of a public school, the principal of the public school is required within 30 days of receiving a test result to: 1) submit the results to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Education; and 2) if the test result is equal to or greater than the standard specified, notify the parents or guardians of each of the children enrolled in the school of the test results. Within the year after a mitigation plan has been implemented in a public school, the public school must be retested and the results of the testing submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Education. Under the bill, the owner of a building in which a licensed child care center is located must notify the owner or operator of the child care center, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Human Services of any test results concerning the presence of radon gas or radon progeny. Whenever the test results for such a building show, in the lowest level of a building where children are supervised, a presence of radon gas or radon progeny equal to or greater than four picocuries per liter or the United States Environmental Protection Agency standard at the time of testing, the building owner is required to contract for mitigation of the radon contamination and retest within the year after the mitigation is implemented. Child care centers are prohibited from operating in buildings that have not been successfully mitigated, and continuing such operations are grounds for revocation of the center's license. Finally, the bill requires the Department of Human Services, prior to the renewal of a license for a child care center, to confirm that required mitigation has been successfully implemented; and if it has not, the bill provides that the department may consider such circumstances as grounds for denying license renewal to the center.
Education
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 4/4/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
4/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified