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Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

The EPA is increasing inspections of RRP job sites and stepping up enforcement efforts

Posted on Dec 28 2011 by Richard Defendorf

Enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has so far yielded three noncompliance claims against contractors, with the first dated May 6.


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The EPA Rejects a Proposed Requirement for Lead Dust Testing

The agency shelved the controversial dust-sample testing requirement, but also beefed up requirements for debris containment and worker training

Posted on Jul 27 2011 by Richard Defendorf

The Environmental Protection Agency has defused a long-simmering debate over a dust-wipe testing rule that was one of the proposed revisions to the agency’s 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) program.

In a July 15 announcement of final RRP updates, the agency rejected the dust-wipe regulation, which would have required third-party clearance testing for renovations in homes built before 1978. The EPA did, however, announce that it had toughened other rules, which now require:


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    The EPA’s Proposed Dust-Wipe Lead-Testing Rule

    If the new proposal is implemented, the cost of renovating older buildings would probably rise. But clean test results might help protect contractors from unjustified lawsuits.

    Posted on Jun 30 2011 by Richard Defendorf

    Even though full enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead-safe rules for renovations and repairs has been in place for almost a year, many contractors are still grappling with how to remain competitive while following the rules, according to an online survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).


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