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From: Ferguson, Jana (DPH) [mailto:Jana.Ferguson@MassMail.State.MA.US]
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 1:35 PM
To: Ferguson, Jana (DPH)
Subject: Notice of proposed amendments to the Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control, 105 CMR 460.000
During two meetings in June 2016, the DPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) met with appointed members of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (GAC) to discuss possible changes to the regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control, 105 CMR 460.000. The members of the GAC supported the proposals. Following this discussion, on July 13, 2016, CLPPP gave a briefing to the DPH Public Health Council and to Commissioner Monica Bharel on the proposed amendments and received their support to proceed to a public comment period.
We are pleased to announce that a red-lined version of the proposed amended regulations have been posted on the DPH website and are open for public comment. Additionally, two public hearings have been scheduled in Boston and Springfield. We have scheduled these meetings in September and extended the public comment period in order to accommodate summer vacations. The proposed regulatory amendments, the hearing notice, and a copy of the memo to the DPH Public Health Council explaining the most significant proposals, including background information and support for the proposed changes, are posted on the Department’s website athttp://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/laws-regs/dph/proposed-regulations/lead-regulations.html or may be obtained from the Office of the General Counsel at 617-624-5220.
The Department encourages and welcomes interested parties to submit testimony electronically to the following address:Reg.Testimony@state.ma.us. Please submit electronic testimony as an attached Word document or as text within the body of an email and type the name of the regulation in the subject line. All submissions must include the sender’s full name and address. The Department will post all electronic testimony that complies with these instructions on its website. Parties who are unable to submit electronic testimony should mail submissions to Office of the General Counsel, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA02108. All written comments submitted to the Department may be posted on the Department’s website and released in response to a request for public records. All written testimony must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2016.
At the conclusion of the comment period, DPH will review the comments and determine whether the proposed amendments should be further modified in response to public comments. After the final regulations are drafted, they will be discussed with the GAC before returning to the PHC to request approval for final promulgation.
Please feel free to forward this notice to other interested parties.
Thank you very much and enjoy your summer!
Jana Ferguson, Deputy Director
Bureau of Environmental Health
MA Dept of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
If you need immediate assistance for an emergency outside of regular business hours, please call the DPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management Duty Officer at 617-339-8351.