N.J. considers limits for mold exposure, standards for remediation

Getting rid of mold in flood-damaged homes has been a major concern in the Garden State since Superstorm Sandy.

The New Jersey Assembly has passed a measure to help ensure that the work is done properly.

The legislation would set standards for exposure limits to mold in residential buildings.

“Having a standard set in place of what is acceptable, this allows a homeowner or a school system to know what is OK for the health of their children or their family,” said Assemblyman Dan Benson, sponsor of the measure.

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Benson said the bill also would require mold-remediation contractors to have training and register with the state.

“Currently a person showing up to the door can say, ‘I’m here to remediate mold,’ and there’s really no standards to follow,” said Benson, D-Mercer. “This will make sure that those that are hiring will have peace of mind knowing that they will be protected — not only their health but their wallet.”

Exposure to mold can trigger respiratory problems.

Benson said he was working on the bill long before Sandy, but hopes the storm’s aftermath might encourage the Senate and Gov. Chris. Christie to jump on board.

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