There is hereby created within the division of labor an environmental assistance resource board to advise and assist the commissioner of labor in developing the technical resources necessary to administer the provisions of this article. The board is composed of the commissioner of the division of labor, who serves as chair; the chief of the office of air quality of the division of environmental protection; the chief of the office of water resources of the division of environmental protection; the chief of the office of waste management of the division of environmental protection; the director of the division of environmental protection; one member of the House of Delegates appointed by the speaker of the House; and one member of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate. Terms of legislative members of the board run concurrent with the member's legislative term of office.
The board shall meet within thirty days of the effective date of this article and thereafter at the call of the chair. The board shall establish an information network wherein the commissioner of labor and any consultant advising employers, in order to provide accurate information regarding compliance with environmental and hazardous waste rules, may access written materials or staff having technical expertise within the agencies represented on the board. At the request of the board, the secretary of the department of commerce, labor and environmental resources is authorized to direct the assignment of staff, on a temporary or permanent basis, from any agency represented on the board to the division of labor to assist in the implementation of the employer assistance program set forth in this article.
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