PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


EPA Tightens New Lead Law

Monday, April 26, 2010

Comment | More

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened its brand-new lead-safe law by eliminating a loophole that had allowed residential contractors to opt out of the requirements with the homeowner’s consent.

The EPA’s “Lead  Renovation, Repair and Painting” (RRP) rule took effect on Thursday, April 22, after a two-year implementation period.

The rule requires lead-safe certification of contractors and renovation firms that disturb a specified amount of paint in pre-1978 homes, schools and day-care centers. Contractors must also provide owners and tenants of those facilities with an EPA lead hazard pamphlet.

The rule was implemented with the opt-out provision unresolved. The provision would have exempted a contractor from compliance if he or she notified the homeowner about the rule, and the homeowner then agreed to sign a waiver for the contractor.

Critics, who include trade associations and retailers, said that eliminating the option would make an already-broad rule even broader, hitting even the smallest contractor with red tape and fees.

On Friday, April 23, however, the EPA announced that it was eliminating the provision; homeowners may not allow a contractor to opt out of full-scale compliance.

Thursday’s implementation came two years after the rule received final approval and six weeks after a challenge by a dozen retailers and trade associations. The critics contended that contractors had not had sufficient time or training opportunities to prepare and that another federal program in the works would require similar training. Eliminating the opt-out angered critics further.

Seven states have adopted their own RRP programs in lieu of the federal program. They are Kansas, Rhode Island, Utah, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Carolina.

Contractors will have an opportunity to personally question EPA about the rule in a free webinar April 29 sponsored by PWC: Painting & Wallcovering Contractor Magazine. Mark Henshall of the EPA will present an overview of the rule and take questions from participants. Visit www.pwc-magazine.com/webinars to register. A second free webinar, to be held June 24, will focus on compliance and enforcement.

Note: Contractors and training providers working in Utah, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina Mississippi, Kansas and Rhode Island must contact the state to find out more about its training and certification requirements.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/lead.

   

Tagged categories: EPA; Lead; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP)

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (4/27/2010, 9:54 AM)

Red tape and fees compared to cost of permanent damage of lead poisoning to kids in 38 million homes with lead paint?


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Sherwin-Williams
Heat-FLex® Hi-Temp 1200

Improved Corrosion
Resistance
Enhanced Durability
Faster Shop Throughput


Denso North America Inc.
Denso SeaShield
Marine Systems

A full range of steel, concrete and timber pile rehabilitation systems including petrolatum systems, fiberglass jackets, epoxy grouts and many other product lines.
Call 1-281-821-3355 or Visit densona.com


Spider, a Division of SafeWorks, LLC
Spider’s Competent Person Training

What will Spider’s CPT class do for you?
• OSHA compliance
• Increased productivity
• Improved safety
   awareness
• Fewer accident-related
   costs
Call 877-774-3370 or click for classes near you.


Armakleen Company, The
No Ordinary Soda

ARMEX® baking soda-based abrasives from the makers of ARM & HAMMER® products offers over 12 formulas specially engineered for your application and your budget.


GMA Garnet USA
GMA Garnet™
Natural Abrasives

- Superior cleaning
  performance
- Even Profile
- Low Dust
- Cost-Effective
- Environmentally friendly
- Recyclable up to 5 times
Tel : +1 832 243 9300


Atlantic Design, Inc.
OUR INDUSTRY IS CHANGING!

We should know. We’re the ones leading the way. Cleverly simple. Clearly ADI. 866.Call.ADI


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com