Rob Schimberg, CEPA President Summary of Recent CEPA Meetings

Dear Members,

I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to provide you with a summary of the last two Colorado Environmental Professionals Association (CEPA) meetings, April and May 2024, which were quite productive and informative.

In our April meeting, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) played an active role in the discussions. Several topics were addressed, including testing methodologies, sampling techniques, and roofing considerations in environmental assessments. The insights shared by CDPHE were invaluable in helping us navigate these complex issues and stay updated on the latest regulations and best practices.

Moving forward to our May meeting, there was a strong reaction from the membership regarding the discussions held in the previous session. The focal point of our conversation revolved around refresher testing and sampling collection procedures in environmental assessments mainly drywall composite sampling. Both issues need additional attention. I have asked CDPHE for a temporary one-month extension for failed refreshers, and I am still waiting for a response. I am not in any way expecting them to grant this, but wanted them to know CEPA feels strongly that the mandatory retake of the refresher is having a larger impact on the industry then imagined during the regulation revision. Also discussed was CDPHE belief that segregation of layers by the CABI in the field while collecting samples. The membership believes that this is in no way the correct way to collect samples. This does not follow any industry protocols or procedures. The feedback and engagement from our members were instrumental in shaping our approach towards addressing these challenges effectively.

As we proceed, it is crucial to stay tuned for further developments in our ongoing efforts to enhance environmental practices and standards within our community. Your continued involvement and contributions are essential in driving meaningful progress in this regard.

Thank you for your commitment to CEPA and your active participation. Together, we can make a significant difference in the environment industry for future generations.

Best regards,

Rob Schimberg, CEPA President