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AB-247 Public health: childhood lead poisoning: Lead Advisory Taskforce.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/30/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 247


Introduced by Assembly Members Cristina Garcia, Gomez, Reyes, and Santiago

January 30, 2017


An act to add Section 124166 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to lead poisoning.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 247, as introduced, Cristina Garcia. Public health: childhood lead poisoning: Lead Advisory Taskforce.
Under existing law, known as the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 1991, the State Department of Public Health is required to establish procedures for environmental abatement and followup, and undertake other specified measures, designed to reduce the incidence of excessive childhood lead exposure in California.
The bill would require, by April 1, 2018, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to convene a Lead Advisory Taskforce, with a prescribed membership, to review and advise regarding policies and procedures to reduce childhood lead poisoning in the state. The bill would require the taskforce to publish a recommended regulatory agenda that would identify sources of lead and ensure that regulatory standards are protective of health in the state, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 124166 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

124166.
 (a) On or before April 1, 2018, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment shall convene a Lead Advisory Taskforce to review and advise, as provided in subdivision (c), regarding policies and procedures to reduce childhood lead poisoning in the state. Until April 1, 2020, the taskforce shall meet quarterly and, on or before that date, shall publish a recommended regulatory agenda for the state that would identify sources of lead and ensure that regulatory standards are protective of health in the state. Commencing April 1, 2020, the taskforce shall meet twice a year.
(b) Membership of the taskforce shall be as follows:
(1) One member shall be a lead exposure assessment expert.
(2) One member shall be a biostatistician or epidemiology expert.
(3) One member shall be a medical doctor.
(4) One member shall be an occupational health expert.
(5) One member shall be a lead remediation expert.
(6) Two members shall be representatives from environmental justice organizations that work on lead contamination.
(7) One member shall be a local government representative from a lead poisoning prevention program.
(8) One member shall be a representative from the Department of Toxic Substances Control.
(9) One member shall be a representative from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
(10) One member shall be a representative from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
(11) One member shall be a representative of industries that use lead in producing their products.
(12) One member shall be a representative of the lead recycling industry.
(13) One member shall be a representative of the civil aviation industry.
(14) One member shall be a representative of industries not otherwise represented on the taskforce that are emitters of significant quantities of lead into the air of the state.
(15) One member shall be a representative of an air quality management district.
(16) One member shall be a representative of a regional water quality control board.
(17) One member shall be a representative of a county environmental health department.
(18) One member shall be a representative of worker safety advocates.
(19) One member shall be a representative of a healthy housing organization.
(c) In its recommended regulatory agenda, the taskforce shall do all of the following:
(1) Evaluate of each of the following:
(A) The program established pursuant to this article.
(B) Each county’s childhood lead testing programs.
(C) The drinking water program described in Section 116271.
(D) Each county’s healthy homes program.
(2) Address remedial action strategies that should be considered by the Department of Toxic Substances Control when approving remedial action plans.
(3) Advise state and local entities on how to better use biomonitoring data that the state receives to identify opportunities to prevent lead poisoning.
(4) Review existing regulatory provisions for the protection and health of children in California and recommend any appropriate changes to any regulations that have not been revised on or after January 1, 2011.
(5) Provide advice on how to align the state’s lead regulatory framework with the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent findings on the toxicity of lead to children.
(6) Identify key policies, regulations, and protocols for state agencies to follow to better protect California’s children from lead exposure.
(7) Make recommendations on the sharing of information between state agencies and departments.
(8) Identify how the state can work to leverage resources.
(9) Recommendations on how to establish a comprehensive surveillance program on lead toxicity.
(d) Each member of the taskforce shall receive reasonable and necessary traveling expenses and meal allowances as approved by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for each day spent in actual attendance at, or in traveling to and from, meetings of the taskforce.