In revised guidance released June 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged that remodelers in many parts of the country have been unable to obtain the required training to comply with the new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. The spring floods that devastated parts of Tennessee highlighted the problem when not enough certified remodelers were available to complete much-needed home repairs. The National Association of Home Builders and its state home builders association proposed a delay in enforcing the rule.

While remodelers, electricians, heating and air conditioning technicians and other contractors must adhere to lead-safe work practices, including special equipment filters and a ban on open flames, the EPA will not take enforcement action against firms that have been unable to obtain certification until Oct. 1.  

Individual contractors must apply to enroll in a training class by Sept. 30 and complete the training by Dec. 31. Contractors can search for an EPA-approved training provider at