Maine - Air Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to address indoor air quality in schools.

Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Education Part 1 General Provisions Chapter 3 Department of Education Subchapter 2 Commissioner 258-B. Air quality testing

1. Petition percentage. A request for an inspection of schools to test air quality is subject to the criteria established in section 258-A, except that a petition by 50% of the parents of the children of one school is sufficient to initiate an inspection by the commissioner.
2. Notify citizens. The commissioner shall direct superintendents to notify any citizen who requests an inspection of school facilities of the petition process for requesting such an inspection under this section and section 258-A.


Maine Revised Statutes. Title 5 Administrative Procedures and Services. Part 4 Finance. Chapter 153 Public Improvements. Subchapter 1 Powers; Bids and Contracts Generally. 1742-E. Bureau of General Services; asbestos, lead and indoor air quality assessment and mitigation services

1. Asbestos, lead and indoor air quality assessment and mitigation services. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services, through the Bureau of General Services, Division of Safety and Environmental Services, shall provide asbestos, lead and indoor air quality assessment and mitigation oversight services for public schools and state facilities. The Division of Safety and Environmental Services is the lead agency of the State for asbestos, lead and indoor air quality matters.


Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Education Part 3 Elementary and Secondary Education Chapter 223 Health, Nutrition and Safety Subchapter 1 Student Health 6302. School building ventilation

1.  Applicability. This section applies to school buildings subject to basic school approval under section 4502 in which the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is mechanically driven.

2.  Operation. Each school administrative unit shall ensure that the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is:

  • A. Maintained and operated to provide at least the quantity of outdoor air required by the state building standards code in effect at the time the building permit was issued or the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system was installed, whichever is later; and
  • B. Operated continuously during school activity hours except:
    • (1) During scheduled maintenance and emergency repairs; and
    • (2) During periods for which school officials can demonstrate to the commissioner's satisfaction that the quantity of outdoor air supplied by an air supply system that is not mechanically driven and by infiltration meets the outdoor air supply rate required by paragraph A.

3.  Inspection and Record. Each school administrative unit is responsible for:

  • A. Inspection of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at least annually and correction of any problems within a reasonable time; and
  • B. Maintaining written records of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system inspection and maintenance for at least 5 years. The superintendent shall make these records available for examination upon request.

Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A Municipalities and Counties, Part 2 Municipalities, Subpart 9 Fiscal Matters, Chapter 225 Maine Municipal Bond Bank, Subchapter 3 Financial Operation, 6006-F. School Revolving Renovation Fund

1.  Fund Established. The School Revolving Renovation Fund, referred to in this section as the "fund," is established in the custody of the bank.

2.  Administration. The bank shall administer and invest the fund. The fund must be established and held separate and apart from any other funds or money of the State or the bank and must be used and administered exclusively for the purposes authorized in this section. The fund consists of:

  • A. Sums that may be appropriated by the Legislature or transferred to the fund by the Treasurer of State;
  • B. Principal and interest received from the repayment of loans made from the fund;
  • C. Capitalization grants and awards made to the State or an instrumentality of the State by the United States for any of the purposes for which the fund has been established. These amounts may be paid directly into the fund without appropriation by the State and the bank is designated as the recipient for the State of any such funds;
  • D. Interest earned from the investment of fund balances;
  • E. The proceeds of any bonds or notes issued by the State or the bank sold for the purpose of deposit in the fund;
  • F. Funds from school construction audit recoveries; and
  • G. Other funds and gifts in kind or cash from any public or private source received for use for any of the purposes for which the fund has been established and that the bank and the Department of Education may solicit from any 3rd parties such as foundations or corporations, including the use of tax credits as available to support activities authorized for the fund.

3.  Purposes. The fund may be used:

  • A. To make loans to school administrative units for school repair and renovation.
    • 1) The following repair and renovation needs receive Priority 1 status:
      • a) Repair or replacement of a roof on a school building;
      • b) Bringing a school building into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 United States Code, Section 12101 et seq.;
      • c) Improving air quality in a school building;
      • d) Removing or abating hazardous materials in a school building; and
      • f) Undertaking other health, safety and compliance repairs.

Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26 Labor and Industry, Chapter 6 Occupational Safety Rules and Regulations Board, Subchapter 1 General Provisions, 565-A Air quality and ventilation; evaluation of buildings; standards

1.  Advise and Propose Standards. The board shall work with the Bureau of General Services with respect to evaluation of indoor air quality and ventilation in public school buildings and buildings occupied by state employees and the preparation of the report pursuant to Title 5, section 1742, subsection 24, paragraph A.

  • A. The board may advise the Bureau of General Services and propose for consideration by the bureau air quality and ventilation standards that are more stringent than the minimum standards as defined in Title 5, section 1742, subsection 24.
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