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09.20.01.03 - Board of Plumbing - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 39, ISSUE 14,
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Title 09 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION

Subtitle 20 BOARD OF PLUMBING

09.20.01 State Plumbing Code

Authority: Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§12-205 and 12-207, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[12-016-R]

The Board of Plumbing proposes to adopt new Regulation .03 under COMAR 09.20.01 State Plumbing Code. This action was considered by the State Board of Plumbing at a public meeting held on February 16, 2012, notice of which was given by publication in 39:2 Md. R. 231 (January 27, 2012), pursuant to State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland. Because substantive changes have been made to the original proposal as published in 39:1 Md. R. 26 . 27 (January 13, 2012), this action is being reproposed at this time.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to provide standards for the implementation of Business Occupations and Professions Article, §12-605.1, Annotated Code of Maryland, which became effective January 1, 2012. This section requires that those installing or repairing plumbing materials that are intended to dispense water for human consumption use only lead-free materials.

In response to public comments received following the publication of the original proposal, in this reproposal the Board has modified COMAR 09.20.01.03E (1), (2), and (3) to clarify the water supply system components affected and has added §F(2) and modified §F(3) to include bar sink faucets and private bathroom sink faucets among the water supply system piping that is intended to dispense water for human consumption in the proposed regulation.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is a corresponding federal standard to this proposed action, but the proposed action is not more restrictive or stringent.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Brenda Clark, Administrative Assistant, Board of Plumbing, 500 North Calvert Street, Third Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, or call 410-230-6164, or email to bclark@dllr.state.md.us, or fax to 410-333-6314. Comments will be accepted through July 30, 2012. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board of Plumbing during a public meeting to be held on July 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., at 500 N. Calvert St., Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

 

Ed. Note: Pursuant to State Government Article, §10-113, Annotated Code of Maryland, if a promulgating agency substantively alters the text of regulations that have been previously proposed in the Maryland Register, the altered text must be published in the Maryland Register as though it were initially proposed. The text of regulations appearing immediately below has been altered substantively from the initially proposed text.

Symbols: Roman type indicates existing text of regulations. Italic type indicates initially proposed new text. Helvetica Bold Italic type indicates new text that substantively alters the text as initially proposed. [Single brackets] indicate existing text proposed for repeal.
[[[Triple brackets]]] indicate text proposed for deletion which substantively alters the originally proposed text.

 

.03 Limit on Lead Content.
  A.- D. (originally proposed text unchanged)
  E. Components.
    [[[(1) Drinking water system components shall comply with the lead leachate requirements of NSF 61.
    (2) Potable water supply system components shall comply with NSF 61, Annex G or NSF 372.
    (3) Potable water supply system components that are not required to be lead-free shall contain not more than 8% lead in accordance with section 3.4.6 of the State Plumbing Code.]]]
    (1) Potable water system components that are within the scope of NSF 61 for drinking water system components and are required to be lead-free shall comply with NSF 61 and:
      (a) Annex G to NSF 61; or
     (b) NSF 372.
    (2) Potable water system components that are not within the scope of NSF 61 for drinking water system components but are required to be lead-free shall comply with NSF 372.
    (3) Potable water system components that are not required to be 0.25% lead-free shall be suitable for distributing potable water but may contain up to 8% lead.

  F. (originally proposed text unchanged)
    (1) Kitchen sink [[[ faucet]]] faucets;
    (2) Bar sink faucets;

    [[[(2)]]] (3) [[[Residential]]] Private bathroom sink faucets;
    [[[(3)]]] (4) -. [[[(6)]]] (7) (originally proposed text unchanged)
  G.- H. (originally proposed text unchanged)

MICHAEL J. KASTNER, JR.
Chair
State Board of Plumbing