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|SHORT TITLE:||Lead Hazard Act||SB||214|
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Duplicates/Conflicts with/Companion to/Relates to
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC files, Department of Health, Health Policy Commission
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 214 designates the Department of Health as the state agency responsible for the development and implementation of a lead hazard program that is intended to prevent childhood lead poisoning through the regulation of professionals involved in the identification, risk assessment, and abatement of lead hazards in housing and child-occupied facilities such as daycare centers built before 1978. The Department of Health would be charged with the development of regulations, the provision of enforcement, development of sanctions and penalties and the development of a fee schedule and the creation of a non-reverting fund for the administration of this program.
The Environmental Protection Agency,(EPA) is scheduled to administer this program in New Mexico if the state chooses not to administer the provisions at the state level.
This bill was introduced during the past legislative session and passed the house but died in the senate upon adjournment.
According to the Department of Health, federal funds and nominal fees will provide the administrative resources necessary to run this program. In addition, the department reports that existing legal and program personnel are presently available.
The department reports that existing personnel are available to administer this program and the creation of new positions will not be necessary for the initial start-up.
The Lead Hazard Act compliments the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Act and will not be in conflict with it's provisions.
Close cooperation and coordination with the Environment Department will enhance the effectiveness of this program.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
In 1998 the Department of Health estimated the first year cost of the program to be $300.0 with $250.0 coming from the federal government and $50.0 coming from fees assessed by the department.
Funds to clean up structures once the hazard has been detected are available from the federal government. It is estimated that up to $6,000.0 would be made available to New Mexico residents to clean up their homes.