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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7088

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 3980

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING REPORTING OF RADON TEST RESULTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-14b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) For the purposes of this section and sections 20-420 and 20-432, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly denotes otherwise:

(1) "Radon diagnosis" means evaluating buildings found to have levels of radon gas that are higher than the guidelines promulgated by this state or the United States Environmental Protection Agency and recommending appropriate remedies to eliminate radon.

(2) "Radon mitigation" means taking steps including, but not limited to, installing ventilation systems, sealing entry routes for radon gas and installing subslab depressurization systems to reduce radon levels in buildings.

(3) "Analytical measurement service providers" means companies or individuals that have their own analysis capability for radon measurement but may or may not offer measurement services directly to the public.

(4) "Residential measurement service providers" means individuals that offer services that include, but are not limited to, detector placement and home inspection and consultation but do not have their own analysis capability and utilize the services of an analytical measurement service provider for their detector analysis.

(5) "Residential mitigation service providers" means individuals that offer services that include, but are not limited to, radon diagnosis or radon mitigation.

(b) The Department of Public Health shall maintain a list of [companies or individuals that are included in current lists of national radon proficiency programs that have been approved by the Commissioner of Public Health] analytical measurement service providers, residential measurement service providers and residential mitigation service providers who (1) are providing services in the state, (2) maintain current certification with the National Radon Safety Board or the National Radon Proficiency Program, and (3) if required, are registered with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection as a contractor performing radon mitigation, pursuant to section 20-420.

[(c) The Department of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning radon in drinking water that are consistent with the provisions contained in 40 CFR 141 and 142.]

(c) Each analytical measurement service provider shall, not later than the fifteenth day of each month, submit to the Commissioner of Public Health, in the form and manner prescribed by the commissioner, a comprehensive report for each radon in-air test result analyzed by the analytical measurement service provider during the month prior to the month in which the report is submitted. Such report shall include, for each such radon test conducted: (1) The analytical measurement service provider's name, such provider's company name and business address; (2) the complete street address of each test location; (3) the building level where the radon test device was placed for the testing period, to be indicated as "basement" or by floor number; (4) the purpose of the radon test, to be indicated as a "routine test", a "real estate transaction test", a "post-mitigation radon test" or a "diagnostic radon test used for diagnosing the source of existing high radon levels"; (5) the date and time of deployment and retrieval of the radon test device; (6) the date of analysis; (7) the analytical radon test result reported in picocuries per liter; and (8) such other information as the commissioner may require.

(d) Each environmental laboratory, as defined in section 19a-29a, that analyzes a radon in-water test shall report such test results, in accordance with the provisions of section 19a-37, to the Commissioner of Public Health not later than the fifteenth day of the month after the month in which the test was analyzed. Such report shall include: (1) The environmental laboratory's name and complete street address; (2) the complete street address of each test location; (3) the name and title or description of the individual who collected the sample that was analyzed by the environmental laboratory, to be indicated as "analytical measurement service provider", "residential measurement service provider", "licensed home inspector" or "homeowner"; and (4) the analysis results reported in units of picocuries per liter.

(e) Each residential mitigation service provider who is certified with the National Radon Safety Board or the National Radon Proficiency Program and, if required, is registered with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection as a contractor performing radon mitigation pursuant to section 20-420 shall submit to said commissioner, in the form and manner prescribed by said commissioner, a comprehensive report for each radon control system installed not later than thirty days after the date of such installation. Such report shall include: (1) The residential mitigation service provider's name, such provider's company name and such provider's business address; (2) the complete street address where the radon mitigation system was installed; (3) an indication of the type of mitigation system installed, to be designated as "air" or "water"; (4) the date the mitigation system was installed; (5) the post-mitigation radon results; and (6) such other information as said commissioner may require.

(f) Information submitted to the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to this section shall be confidential, as provided in section 19a-25. Any service provider who is determined by the Commissioner of Public Health to have failed to comply with the provisions of this section shall be removed from the list of service providers maintained under subsection (b) of this section.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

19a-14b

Statement of Purpose:

To implement the Department of Public Health's recommendations concerning reporting of radon test results.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]