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Many New Jersey homes, schools and businesses are still cleaning up from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and mold is a major problem in many of the water-logged structures.

 

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee has approved legislation designed to help assure best practices are utilized in the inspection and cleanup of mold and establish a certification program for mold abatement and inspection workers.

“In the aftermaths of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy many property owners have been left to deal with mold after moving back into flooded out homes,” said State Sen. Bob Singer who sponsors the bill. “By establishing clear procedures for mold inspection and remediation, families will be better informed about the safety of their home and can have greater assurance that work performed on their home is done properly.”

The measure would require the state Department of Community Affairs in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Labor to adopt rules that establish procedures for the identification, inspection and abatement of mold in residential buildings and school facilities.

“This legislation will set up specific procedures to help protect families from what can be an avoidable nightmare of ill effects,” explained Singer. “Mold can be tough to detect and remediate and in the confines of a home can cause a plethora of dangerous health problems.”