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EPA to Postpone Enforcement of Lead-Paint Regulation

Due to pressure from home builders and some members of Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will postpone the enforcement of a new lead-paint regulation to give home improvement contractors more time to meet the new federal requirements, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting regulation, aimed at reducing the amount of lead dust created during home renovation and repair, took effect in April and requires contractors who work in older homes to become certified by a government-approved trainer and follow specific safety precautions, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Industry groups argued that there is a shortage of government-approved trainers and the regulation will result in fines and litigation against contractors, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The EPA said it will delay enforcement of the rule’s certification requirement until October, and will give contractors until Sept. 30 to apply or enroll in training classes. Training must be completed by Dec. 31.

However, contractors still must follow the safety precautions of the new rule, reports Chicago Breaking Business.

The EPA estimates about 285,000 children between the ages of one and five years  had elevated lead levels in their blood each year from 1999 to 2004.

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7 thoughts on “EPA to Postpone Enforcement of Lead-Paint Regulation

  1. Although Senator Inhofe has succeeded in achieving a much needed delay
    of enforcement of the EPA lead paint rule, proposed is an even more
    onerous addition to the Renovator Rule. If enacted the latest EPA
    revision will require laboratory dust clearance for even many small
    jobs, at a cost of hundreds of dollars per job. The testing could
    often more than the job itself. The proposal also makes it illegal to
    use most of the HEPA vacs recently purchased for this purpose.

    A more complete analysis of the revision is posted at http://www.renovatorrules.com
    The EPA comment period ends July 6th. If you have concerns let the
    EPA, your US Senator and Congressmen know how you feel.

  2. EPA requires individuals conducting lead-based paint activities (abatement, inspection, and risk assessment) in target housing and child-occupied facilities to be trained and certified. The trainers are accredited to ensure quality, and certified individuals must follow specific work practices.

  3. here we go again contractors have to dish out more money just to keep the epa/goverment happy , and we got to pass on the extra expense to the home owners ,so the remodle job is so expensive they dont do the job,thanks obama for jump starting this bad econmany for more epa jobs.

  4. This is just another way of eliminating the “small businesses” the only ones who would be able to take on the cost of the testing is big companies, thus another way to be rid of the middle class! Too much government. People won’t be able to afford renovations to get rid of lead so it will remain in the houses. There has to be another way to address this issue without it costing thousands of dollars. Of course there will be more GOVERNMENT jobs but no jobs for the small guys!!

  5. If the EPA really cared about the homeowner and not the money, they wouldn’t allow the homeowner to do the repairs on their own home without being certified. They could care less. Us contractors can do the job, we just can’t get paid in any way if we want to avoid the certification.Pretty soon Obama and his rich cronies will own my trucks and tools. I bet as soon as the Gov. rids the U.S. of all us small contractors, this rule will disapear

  6. Does the delay of parts of this law actually shock anyone? I am a subcontractor for one on the major retailers and I was told that as of the deadline for the law going into effect that if I was not trained my contract was going to end – I had no problems with one phone call I was able to find a training class which I completed. I will tell you that the worst problem was trying to get my hands on the LeadCheck lead test kits because this was the only company that certified renovators could buy the lead test kits from and use them for acceptable results. This seemed to be a little stinky to me that this whole program was put forward but only one company was able to supply the whole country (does this sound like a monopoly?) It was like a black market out there to get them and people were taking advantage of the people who needed them. I found that a really good place to get them was at LEADPAINTEPASUPPLIES.COM
    This company treats their clients well and they are a no hassle supplier with quick shipment times

  7. Even if a house is older than 1978-how do you know it hasn’t been remodeled only a few years ago? This is another ridiculous law without any real thought behind it.

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