20 U.S. Code § 4011. Findings and purpose
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(a) FindingsThe Congress finds that—
exposure to asbestos fibers has been identified over a long period of time and by reputable medical and scientific evidence as significantly increasing the incidence of cancer and other severe or fatal diseases, such as asbestosis;
medical evidence has suggested that children may be particularly vulnerable to environmentally induced cancers;
medical science has not established any minimum level of exposure to asbestos fibers which is considered to be safe to individuals exposed to the fibers;
partial surveys in some States have indicated that (A) in a number of school buildings materials containing asbestos fibers have become damaged or friable, causing asbestos fibers to be dislodged into the air, and (B) asbestos concentration far exceeding normal ambient air levels have been found in school buildings containing such damaged materials;
the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as several States, have attempted to publicize the potential hazards to school children and employees from exposure to asbestos fibers, but there is no systematic program for remedying hazardous conditions in schools;
(b) PurposeIt is the purpose of this subchapter to—
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
“This Act [enacting section 2656 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, amending this section, sections 4012 to 4022 of this title, and sections 2643, 2646, and 2647 of Title 15, enacting provisions set out as notes under this section and sections 2646 and 2656 of Title 15, and amending provisions set out as a note under this section] may be cited as the ‘Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act of 1990’.”
“This title [enacting this subchapter] may be cited as the ‘Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act of 1984’.”
Findings and Purposes
“(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:
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.
“(b) Purposes.—The purposes of this Act [see Short Title of 1990 Amendment note above] are the following:
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.
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.