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Industry to EPA: Make Your Case on Lead

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Federal regulators who want sweeping new lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects must prove the need for those rules first, the construction industry insists.

As the lead issue gears up again on the eve of public hearings, nearly two dozen contracting and construction groups have called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to show a “hazard and causal link” between renovation work and lead-based paint on government and commercial building projects before expanding rules involving that work.

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Twenty-two trade organizations, collectively called the “Commercial Properties Coalition,” have submitted 61 pages of comments on the EPA's plan to regulate renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings to address possible lead-based paint hazards, the Associated General Contractors of America and its partners announced.

The EPA announced May 13 in the Federal Register that it would hold a public meeting June 26 to discuss issues and collect more data about expanding the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule.

The coalition submitted its letter April 1. Members plan to participate in the upcoming public hearing.

Efforts to Expand

The agency is looking to expand the RRP rule that took effect in April 2010. The rule requires lead-safe work practices and certification for contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than six feet of lead-based paint in most pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools.

After that rule became final, EPA began efforts to expand it to commercial and public buildings. That effort was delayed in September 2012 as a result of a settlement agreement with environmental and health organizations.

Timeline for Expansion

The EPA now has until July 1, 2015, to decide whether to propose new nationwide certification, training and lead-safe work practice requirements for contractors who work in public and commercial buildings.

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EPA should not view commercial buildings as a “generic, monolithic grouping,”  as the structures have a variety of types, uses and occupants, the group says.

If EPA issues a proposed rule, the agency has until Dec. 31, 2016, to publish a final rule, per the settlement agreement.

Industry Comments

The coalition’s letter cites a lack of lead-paint data for public and commercial buildings and maintains that EPA has not met its burden of showing that renovation and remodeling activities there create a lead-paint based “hazard” under Section 402 (c)(3) of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Noting the fundamentally different uses, occupancies and renovation practices in commercial buildings versus homes, the coalition said EPA should not rely on information gathered for “target housing” to justify a public and commercial program.

Instead, the agency could use the “massive stock of federal buildings” to collect the scientific, technical and work practices it is seeking, according to the letter.

EPA also must consider whether current regulations and practices already address potential lead-based paint hazards in public and commercial buildings, the group said. 

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Industry groups say the EPA has yet to identify whether "dangerous levels of lead" even exist in public and commercial buildings.

The Associated General Contractors of America created a table for the coalition’s comments that shows the existing federal programs (OSHA Lead in Construction Standard at 29 CFR Part 1926.62 and HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule at 24 CFR Part 35) that are designed to prevent exposure to lead hazards and the release of toxic substances during construction activities.

EPA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the industry groups' concerns.

Coalition Signatories

In addition to the AGC, the coalition includes the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA); Associated Builders and Contractors; National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International; National Association of Realtors; National Multi Housing Council (NMHC); and others.

Many of the same industry trade groups raised similar concerns in letters submitted to the EPA in July 2010 and December 2010.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Buildings; Commercial Construction; Environmental Protection; EPA; Lead; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Maintenance programs; Renovation

Comment from Lindsay Brown, (5/29/2013, 6:28 AM)

all those opposed in this coalition are against regulations, surprise-surprise to their opposition


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