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The Pros and Cons of EPA’s Lead Renovation Rule

Need Lead Renovations done? Then you should be informed about the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recent roadblock in implementing its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule because the EPA has not been able to approve a reliable lead test as mandated by its own regulations.


In addition to this roadblock, the EPA decided to not impose new lead dust-sampling and laboratory analysis requirements as part of the LRRP rule. The EPA decided to not impose this requirement because the EPA believed adding this procedure on the highly strict mandatory requirements would not be necessary.


This regulation went into effect, last year, April 22, 2010. The regulation makes contractors who perform work on homes built before 1978 to be EPA-certified. If the contractors are not EPA-certified, they can face fines up to $37,500 per violation per day.


The contractors that require this EPA-certification including the following: Property managers. Landlords. General contractors. Remodeling contractor such as plumbers, painters and electricians.


For those believing this regulation is too strict, a few members of Congress are trying to decrease the strictness of the regulation. Congress somewhat succeeded at this task in July when EPA announced it would not impose lead dust clearance as an addendum to LRRP. The EPA believes the existing lead-safe work practices and clean up requirements of 2010 are suitable in protecting people from lead dust hazards that were created during renovations jobs. In other words, there should be no need for additional clearance requirements. The EPA decided not to add additional Lead Clearance testing because the result would have been higher overall price tags for projects. If price tags for projects increase too much, homeowners are more inclined to work on do-it-yourself projects or hire non-certified individuals to do work. The EPA did not want to increase the potential of this risk occurring.


To learn more about the final LRRP Rule by the EPA read this article More Roadblocks for EPA’s Lead Renovation Rule by Tom Scarlett on Ieconnections.com.


Or for professional help and questions on Lead Renovations, contact Advance Mold Remediation by calling 1-877-411-MOLD or click here today!


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