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Indoor Air Quality

The Indoor Air Quality/Lead Branch provides information on issues related to indoor air quality, lead-based paint, and other lead hazards. Regarding the lead hazard program, the primary focus of the branch is to enforce the state regulations promulgated under the Alabama Lead Reduction Act of 1997. These rules require individuals and firms that are engaged in lead identification and risk assessment, planning, and design of lead abatement projects, and lead-based paint removal of pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities to be training and certified to perform according to established safe work practice standards.

Branch personnel also provide support for the Alabama Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, a program which identifies children with elevated blood levels through screening by local health departments and private physicians, and provides environmental surveys of their homes to identify sources of lead hazards and recommend methods to eradicate the hazard.

The Indoor Air Quality/Lead Branch is the Environmental Protection Agency's designated state indoor air contact providing advisory services for those who request it by providing indoor air quality, molds, asbestos information, and printed materials.

The Indoor Air Quality Program provides technical support to individuals based on EPA's mold and moisture control guidelines. Currently, there are no Alabama laws concerning residential or commercial building mold standards or testing requirements, nor is there any contractor accreditation/certification for contractors performing mold testing or remediation activities. It should also be noted that the EPA does not regulate mold or mold spores in indoor air.

If you rent and are having issues with your landlord, learn what rights you have as a tenant by reviewing Alabama's Landlord-Tenant Law Fact Sheet or obtain the brochure: A Decent Place to Live.

Visit the Alabama Lead Contractors Certification Program.

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100/500 Yr FP&WL

To: All interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals

This is to give notice that the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has determined that the following proposed action under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, Healthy Home Production Grant Program Grant Agreement Number ALHHP0056-22 may be located in the 100/500 Yr FP&WL, and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the Floodplain and Wetland and the potential impacts on the Floodplain and Wetland from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order(s) 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. Project activities consist of the minor rehabilitation of existing single-family structures. Samples of the activities to be completed include but are not limited to: window replacement, paint stabilization, door replacement, remediation from moisture and mold damage, etc. Cost to be under $10,000/home with no ground-disturbing activities. The proposed project(s) will be located in Choctaw, Clarke, Lowndes, Marengo & Wilcox Counties in AL, as well as York, AL.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in the FP&WL and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the FP&WL, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about the FP&WL can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in the FP&WL, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) at the following address on or before 9/12/2022: Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), c/o Steven McDaniel, 201 Monroe Street, RSA Tower, Suite 1250, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-3017and 334-206-5752. Attention: Steven McDaniel, Program Director. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM at 201 Monroe Street, RSA Tower, Suite 1250, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-3017. Comments may also be submitted via email at [email protected].


Page last updated: September 18, 2023