Public Hearing Notice — Temporary Rule Changes

Proposed Temporary Rules

The State Board of Environmental Health Specialist Examiners has proposed temporary rules that were published on the Office of Administrative Hearings website on April 22, 2020. Click here to review the rules.

Reason for the Proposed Temporary Action

Due to the serious and unforeseen threat to the public health and safety caused by COVID19, the State Board of Environmental Health Specialist Examiners adopted temporary rules simultaneously adopted as emergency rules. On 3/10/20, the Governor of North Carolina issued Executive Order No. 116, declaring a state of emergency to coordinate a response and enact protective measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additional Executive Orders prohibited mass gatherings and implemented a stay-at-home order for NC residents from 3/30/20 until 5/8/20, at the earliest. COVID-19, a respiratory disease, spreads easily from person to person and can result in serious illness or death. The Board seeks to contribute towards the social isolation efforts directed by the Federal and State Government and assist registrants who are unable to complete required training within the timelines outlined in 21 NCAC 62 .0407(e), 21 NCAC 62 .0407(f), 21 NCAC 62 .0407(k) and 21 NCAC 62 .0411. The one-time extensions would create a situation where everyone has the same opportunities in light of an evolving public health landscape. The Board also recognizes that, due to circumstances beyond its control, it may not be possible for some to meet the prescribed standards.

Public Comments and Public Hearing on Proposed Temporary Action

To submit public comments regarding the amendment, contact Donna Coffey, Board Assistant, Post Office Box 238, Efland, NC 27243; phone (919) 304-1168; fax (919) 304-1165; email rehs.board@dhhs.nc.gov. Keep in mind that your comments must be received on or before May 18, 2020.

The Board will conduct a public hearing on May 15,2020 at 11:00 a.m. by teleconference for anyone who wishes to verbally comment on the amendment. Members of the public may join by calling (712) 775-7031 and entering access code 816685.

Questions About Rules

Contact Donna Coffey, Board Assistant, Post Office Box 238, Efland, NC 27243; phone (919) 304-1168; fax (919) 304-1165; email rehs.board@dhhs.nc.gov if you have any questions about the amendment or the public hearing.