10A NCAC 41C .1002      FUNDING

(a)  Public schools and licensed child care facilities in North Carolina shall be eligible to participate in the funding mechanisms established in accordance with S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8. to fully or partially offset the cost of conducting testing for lead in water and inspections for asbestos and lead-based paint hazards, when a test for lead in water is conducted within 24 months after the effective date of this Rule or an inspection for lead-based paint or asbestos is conducted within 18 months after the effective date of this Rule and the test or inspection is conducted in accordance with the rules of this Section.

(b)  Public schools and licensed child care facilities that are eligible to participate under Paragraph (a) of this Rule shall also be eligible to participate in the funding mechanisms established in accordance with S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8. to fully or partially offset the cost of conducting remediation of lead in water and abatement of asbestos and lead-based paint hazards identified under this Section when the following requirements are met:

(1)           lead or asbestos is detected that meets the requirements under the rules of this Section for abatement or remediation;

(2)           the abatement or remediation, as applicable, is performed in accordance with the rules of this Section; and

(3)           replacement materials used to abate asbestos hazards do not contain more than 1 percent asbestos and replacement materials used to abate lead-based paint hazards do not contain lead in excess of 90 parts per million.

(c)  Notwithstanding Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule, licensed child care centers conducting testing and remediation of water outlets used for drinking or food preparation pursuant to 15A NCAC 18A .2816 shall be eligible to participate in the funding mechanisms established in accordance with S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8. for testing conducted in accordance with that Rule within 24 months after the effective date of this Rule and remediation conducted in accordance with that Rule between 24 months prior to the effective date of this Rule and the date on which funds are no longer available in accordance with S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8.(d).

(d)  Notwithstanding Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule, if asbestos or lead-based paint is detected during a capital, renovation, or repair project in a public school or licensed child care facility, the public school or licensed child care facility shall be eligible to participate in the funding mechanisms established in accordance with S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8. as follows:

(1)           to fully or partially offset the cost of conducting an inspection in accordance with Rules .1003(b) or .1004(b) of this Section, as applicable, except that the inspection may be limited to the area in the public school or licensed child care facility where the capital, renovation, or repair project is being conducted; and

(2)           to fully or partially offset the cost of conducting abatement when lead-based paint or asbestos is detected that meets the requirements under the Rules of this Section for abatement and abatement is conducted in accordance with Rules .1003(e) and .1004(e) of this Section and with the limitation on materials set out in Subparagraph (b)(3) of this Rule, except that the abatement may be limited to the area in the public school or licensed child care facility where the capital, renovation, or repair project is being conducted.

(e)  Inspections and abatements described in Paragraph (d) of this Rule that are limited to the area in the public school or licensed child care facility where the capital, renovation, or repair project is being conducted shall not satisfy the facility-wide inspection requirements for public schools and licensed child care facilities set out in Rules .1003 and .1004 of this Section.

(f)  Notwithstanding the foregoing, to be eligible to participate in any funding mechanism under this Rule, responsible individuals shall make all records regarding testing, inspection, abatement, and remediation available to the Department upon request, including, but not limited to, itemized expense reports for activities funded under S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8.

(g)  Nothing in this Rule shall require the Department to provide funding if the Department determines there are not sufficient funds available in accordance with S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8.(d).

 

History Note:        Authority S.L. 2021-180, s. 9G.8;

Temporary Adoption Eff. April 29, 2022.