36A — January 29 - February 11, 2016 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic
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By Lee E. Wasserman, LEW Corp. Environmental industry trends for 2016
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ployed by an EPA RRP certified firm. The initial certification was five years and its initial refresher cycle was supposed to begin April 23, 2015. In Febru- ary 2015 EPA provided a one year extension for the Certified RRP Supervisors to obtain their mandatory refresher. However, all firm certifications were obli- gated to renew on their original five year anniversary. EPA has still not announced how the mandatory refresher training will be required. When I di- rectly asked a senior ranking administrator responsible for the EPA RRP program, I was told in a public forum that EPA and OMB have not decided yet and we will not know until mid to late February if or how EPA 40 CFR Part 745 Lead Paint RRP Rule may change, so I left Washington DC with nothing. Three days later I was invited and participated in an EPA Webinar about the RRP rule. When allowed to ask questions, we asked, “How is EPA going to address the Refresher” and it was stated by the EPA pre- continued on page 40A
January 1, 2016, New York State’s new mold regulation had gone into effect. All indi- viduals and entities who are holding themselves out as being in the business of mold assess- ment or abatement, with a few exceptions, must be trained, pass the course, and become certified. There are currently numerous training providers approved to instruct the asses- sor, supervisor or worker mold courses and the NY State DOL is accepting applications for certification. The NYS DOL web site, http://labor.ny.gov/ workerprotection/safetyhealth/ mold/mold-program.shtm, also defines who is responsible to complete the courses and who are exempt. The EPA’s Lead RRP Rule refresher requirements will go LIVE in some form or another in 2016. In 2010 EPAmandated that all entities and supervisors who disturb painted surfaces of pre-1978 residential property & child occupied facilities, that are not certified lead-based paint free, must use an EPA certified RRP Supervisor, em-
cannot change the past, but I can assist you with managing the future. Es-
pecially when it is related to Environmen- tal Industry Trends. After doing some- t h i n g s u c - c e s s f u l f o r over 20 years, you begin to
gain a strong sense of what is possibly going to happen next. Whether it is because history has a way of repeating itself or because as a national expert, sometimes I can read between the lines prior to the informa- tion going public. So what are some of the hot environmental industry trends that we are closely watching and planning for in 2016? Mold is gold, lead paint lives on, Government en- forcement actions, along with occupant/tenant environmental claims will be hot environmen- tal industry trends in the com- ing months, mark my words! “Mold is gold” will happen right out of the gate. As of
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