Coating Group Marshals Lead Data
Preparing to weigh in on a federal plan to expand lead-safe regulations to commercial and public projects, SSPC is soliciting member data on the potential impact of such rules.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of determining whether renovation, repair, and painting activities on and in public and commercial buildings create lead-based paint hazards that will require certification, training, and work practice requirements.
Lead Rule Redux
The proposed EPA Lead Rule: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program for Public and Commercial Buildings follows a similar program in effect since 2010 for work conducted in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities.
The expansion plan stems from a 2009 federal-court settlement by the EPA, Sierra Club, and New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning. That settlement requires EPA to initiate RRP-type rulemaking to address public and commercial renovation if that work is shown to pose lead-based paint hazards.
It's that if that is at the crux of much of the current debate on the rule. The EPA was forced last year to temporarily withdraw the proposal after a spate of complaints led the EPA Office of Inspector General to conclude that the agency had not carefully weighed the rule's costs and benefits.
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Lead paint was removed in 2010 from the Dinosaur National Monument. The SSPC wants data on how new lead-safe rules could affect such projects.
Industry Information Needed
To remedy that, EPA is seeking industry data and feedback from public subject matter experts, with particular interest in information concerning:
The SSPC Government Affairs Committee, which is tracking the issue closely, is seeking member input to formulate comments on the plan.
SSPC requests that anyone with relevant data, reports, comments or information submit it to Heather Stiner at firstname.lastname@example.org before March 15. SSPC will compile and submit these comments representing viewpoints from membership to EPA before the April 1 deadline.
All comments submitted to EPA will be reviewed and discussed at a public meeting on June 26. The location has yet to be determined.