An Act To Require Public Schools To Periodically Test for Radon
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §4013 is enacted to read:
§ 4013. Radon
Sec. 2. Testing schedule. The Department of Education shall establish a schedule for testing for radon in school buildings pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 4013, subsection 1 that ensures that such testing is conducted in 20% of school administrative units in the State each year beginning in 2020.
This bill requires school administrative units to test schools and other buildings for radon every 5 years. The radon testing must comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's recommended testing standards for schools. A school administrative unit must notify parents, faculty and staff of the test results and must report test results to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services must report these results every 5 years to the Governor and the Legislature.
The bill also requires school administrative units to build new schools and buildings using radon-resistant new construction techniques as recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.