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DDOE Issues New Lead Regulations

Thursday, August 8, 2013

CONTACT: Donna Henry (DDOE) 202.299.3338; [email protected].

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has issued new lead regulations that will fully implement the District’s Lead-Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act, DDOE announced earlier this week.  The regulations were issued on July 26, 2013 and became effective upon publication. 

Among the regulations’ key features are provisions that flesh out a new lead discipline in the District, known as the Dust Sampling Technician.  The Dust Sampling Technician is an entry-level position that is anticipated to both create new jobs for District residents and provide property owners with a lower cost alternative to document lead safety in their properties. Technical changes to the regulations that implement the District’s Lead Screening and Reporting Act have also been included.

“We will continue to work diligently to eliminate lead exposure threats in our city,” said DDOE Director Keith A. Anderson. “I am pleased that these regulations will allow the District to continue its momentum towards becoming the first major jurisdiction in the nation to eradicate lead poisoning.”

DDOE will soon release outreach materials that guide the regulated community on their new rights and obligations.