AWI e-briefs - 07/15/2010 (Plain Text Version)

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Compliance Delayed for Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is granting contractors and workers additional time to obtain necessary training and certifications to comply with the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The current law addresses most pre-1978 housing, and child-care facilities and schools.

Acknowledging the difficulties experienced in obtaining the required certification and renovation worker training by the previous deadline of April 23, 2010, the new EPA guidelines are:

  • Until October 1, 2010, EPA will not take enforcement action for violations of the RRP Rules certification requirement. 
  • EPA will not enforce against individual renovation workers if the person has applied to, or has enrolled in, a certified renovator class by September 30, 2010. Renovators must complete the training by December 31, 2010.

To see a copy of EPA’s guidance memo, click here. For a list of training providers, click here.

Meanwhile, a coalition of housing groups led by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has formed to sue the EPA over the "op-out" provision, which expired on July 6. NAHB pointed out that the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule now applies to all homes built before 1978, in effect making "the regulation apply to homes where no small children – the target of the rule – even live." According to Nation’s Building News (free subscription), "the group challenged the EPA’s action on the grounds that the agency substantially amended its lead paint rule without considering any new scientific data and before it was even put into place in April."

WDMA estimates that compliance with the rule will add $60 to $170 per window opening on a typical professionally installed retrofit project," according to a report in Woodworking Network (free subscription). Added prep time and material costs reportedly increase the installation costs.
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