(Pub. L. 98–377, title V, § 502,Aug. 11, 1984, 98 Stat. 1287; Pub. L. 101–637, § 14(a)(2), (b)(1), (2),Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4594, 4595.)
1990—Pub. L. 101–637
, § 14(a)(2), made technical amendment to section catchline.
Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 101–637
, § 14(b)(1), (2), inserted headings.
Short Title of 1990 Amendment
Section 1 ofPub. L. 101–637
provided that: “This Act [enacting section
, Commerce and Trade, amending this section, sections
of this title, and sections
, enacting provisions set out as notes under this section and sections
, and amending provisions set out as a note under this section] may be cited as the ‘Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act of 1990’.”
Section 501 of title V of Pub. L. 98–377
, as amended by Pub. L. 101–637
, § 14(a)(1),Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4594
, provided that: “This title [enacting this subchapter] may be cited as the ‘Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act of 1984’.”
Findings and Purposes
Section 2 ofPub. L. 101–637
“(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:
“(1) The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that more than forty-four thousand school buildings contain friable asbestos, exposing more than fifteen million school children and one million five hundred thousand school employees to unwarranted health hazards.
“(2) All elementary and secondary schools are required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act [of 1986, see Short Title of 1986 Amendment note set out under section
, Commerce and Trade] to inspect for asbestos, develop an asbestos management plan, and implement such plan.
“(3) The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated it will cost local education agencies more than $3,000,000,000 to comply with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.
“(4) Without a continuing program of information assistance, technical and scientific assistance, training, and financial support, many local educational agencies will be unable to carry out sufficient response actions to prevent the release of asbestos fibers into the air.
“(5) Without the provisions of sufficient financial support, the cost to local educational agencies of implementing asbestos response actions may have an adverse impact in their educational mission.
“(6) The effective regulation of interstate commerce for the protection of human health and the environment requires the continuation of programs to mitigate hazards of asbestos fibers and materials emitting such fibers.
“(b) Purposes.—The purposes of this Act [see Short Title of 1990 Amendment note above] are the following:
“(1) To direct the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain a program to assist local schools in carrying out their responsibilities under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.
“(2) To provide continuing scientific and technical assistance to State and local agencies to enable them to identify and abate asbestos health hazards.
“(3) To provide financial assistance to State and local agencies for training of persons involved with inspections and abatement of asbestos, for conducting necessary reinspections of school buildings, and for the actual abatement of asbestos threats to the health and safety of school children or employees.
“(4) To assure that no employee of a local educational agency suffers any disciplinary action as a result of calling attention to potential asbestos hazards which may exist in schools.”