PHCC National Association Report by Dr. Gerry Kennedy, EVP, PHCC National

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  • Beware of Fraudulent Calls Warning of a Hotel Room Shortage in New Orleans.  We have become aware that misleading calls are being made by individuals identifying themselves as associated with the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, the site of the PHCC Convention October 8-10.  These callers are telling attendees that the hotel is sold out and that guests will have to be relocated.  They then ask for reservation information, include credit card numbers.  Please do not provide any of your information to anyone who may call saying they are relocating rooms or have a better hotel room rate.  Any room reservation made in the PHCC room block at the New Orleans Marriott is guaranteed and the hotel is looking forward to welcoming us.  If you have questions please e-mail: connect2014@naphcc.org.
  • Lead Paint Coalition Comments on EPA’s Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint  Hazards from Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Building.  PHCC is an active member of the Lead Paint Coalition.  The coalition recently filed another set of comments regarding the EPA planned approach for estimating exposure and incremental health effects from lead due to renovation, repair, and painting activities in public and commercial buildings.  Specifically, the coalition responded to EPA’s computer modeling approach to determining that a lead hazard exists by stating that this falls short of actually determining a hazard and highlights the need for scientific research to determine a potential hazard prior to drafting a rule.  Click here to review the comments the coalition submitted.
  • House Passes “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.”Prior to going into recess, the House passed legislation that would stop an EPA proposed rule to expand the scope of “Waters of the United States,” subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act.  EPA’s proposed rule would expand the definition of “navigable waters” to include almost all waters, including man-made water structures.  Obviously this has serious implications for our industry.  The House legislation requires EPA to consult with state regulators to better understand which waters need to be protected.  The legislation is now in the Senate awaiting consideration.  PHCC will continue to monitor this proposed rule.
  • The PHCC Board of Directors will meet at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, October 7th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   The PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, October 8th from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., also at the New Orleans Marriott.  All members are invited to attend these meetings prior to the start of the PHCC Convention.

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