The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new regulations for contractors performing remodeling or renovation projects on property built before 1978. The agency said that its analysis indicates that renovation and repair projects in such homes affect more than 1.1 million children under age six every year. Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, but more than 38 million U.S. homes still contain it.

The proposed rules state that contractors must be trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, contractors and firms be certified, and contractors must follow protective work practice standards. To comment on the proposed rules, go to the link below, and look up Docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0049. Comments are due April 10.