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  • NJ A4139
  • Requires health care facilities to test for and remediate lead in drinking water, and disclose test results.
Introduced
(9/19/2016)
In Committee
(2/13/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require health care facilities to test for and remediate lead in drinking water, and disclose the test results. Specifically, under the bill, the owner or operator of a health care facility would be required to undertake periodic testing of each drinking water outlet in the facility for the presence of lead. Each test for lead would be conducted by a laboratory certified for this purpose by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in accordance with the sampling and testing methods specified by the commissioner. The initial tests would be conducted no later than 90 days after the effective date of the bill, and subsequent testing would be conducted every five years thereafter, unless the commissioner determines, on a case-by-case basis, that a greater or lesser frequency of testing is necessary or sufficient. Under the bill, if testing reveals an elevated lead level at a drinking water outlet, the health care facility would be required to immediately shut or close off access to that outlet and take appropriate remedial measures to ensure that patients, staff, and visitors to the health care facility are not exposed to drinking water with an elevated lead level and have access to clean and safe drinking water at the facility. Each health care facility would be required to submit to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health information on its testing activities, maintain copies of that information in a suitable location and on its Internet website, if applicable, and post a summary of the test results and information on the availability of the complete test results in the area of each major entrance and in each admitting room in the health care facility.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Environment and Solid Waste
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 2/13/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/13/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/13/2017 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (19:00 2/13/2017 AR-211 (McKeon) (pending intro & referral) Opposes nomination of)
9/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/13/2017 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1