Election Day is only a few days away and the election outcome could affect IAQ issues, including lead paint, green buildings and asthma.
Just this September, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4212, the Drywall Safety Act. This act sets the chemical standards for both domestic and imported drywall.
If this bill becomes law, the implementation of the act would be under the responsibility of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is top officials are appointed by President.
In other words, funding for federal efforts in agencies such as the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs can be affected.
Under Senate Jack Reed (D-R.I), funds were raised back to $10 million but drastic cuts may come depending how the election turns out.
For example, the drywall safety bill has a labeling requirement to trace contaminated drywall to the manufacturer, set chemical standards, and limit the amount of sulfur in domestic and imported drywall.
Politicians want this bill implemented so Chinese manufacturers can make restitution to victims.
This bill has bipartisan support and the bill requires the CPSC to update remediation. This is done to prevent contaminated drywall from being recycled or reused.
Lead paint, for example, the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) requires firms performing any renovation, repair, painting projects that disturb lead based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools must be certified by the EPA and certified renovators that have been trained by the EPA should be the only ones performing.
The Romney administration could modify the rule or remove it entirely.
Therefore, EPA is allowing congress until 2015 to collect appropriate data before proposing a LRRP rule for commercial building.
The Obama administration has been implementing a Green Button rule to help electric utility consumers to help manage their energy consumption.
Romney campaign wants to cut down assistance for such initiatives by the federal government, including shutting down the Energy Department entirely.
President Obama’s plan is seen as beneficial to the IAQ industry, including the U.S Green Building Council.
It’s for schools. It’s for home. It’s for environment sustainability.
Romney’s cuts to domestic programs are not in favor of the IAQ industry.
How you vote during November’s election will matter.
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