Believe it or not, there aren't many requirements be a mold remediation technician in New Jersey, but new legislation aims to change that.  

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"We have people who represent themselves as experts - there's no training, there's not certification, there's not standards," said Sen. Bob Smith (D-Piscataway), chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Under the bill, the state Department of Community Affairs would establish a certification program for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers based on information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The bill also requires procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential buildings and school facilities.

"Community Affairs would adopt rules and regulations about what training has to be accomplished, and then how it would be certified - probably taking a test and having a license," Smith said.

If passed, the bill would require mold technicians to obtain the necessary certification within three to six months.

The measure, co-sponsored by Smith and Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Cranbury), passed the Environment and Energy Committee on July 21. Smith said a similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie.

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