The EPA has announced it will delay enforcement of the new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule until Oct. 1 in order to provide much-needed time to get more remodelers and other contractors trained.
TheEnvironmental Protection Agency(EPA) decision to
delay enforcement of the newLead: Renovation, Repair
and Painting(RRP) rule will provide much-needed time to get more remodelers
and other contractors trained - and for EPA to get the word out to consumers
about the importance of hiring a certified remodeler.
revised guidance released on Friday, EPA acknowledged that remodelers in many
parts of the country have been unable to obtain the required training to comply
with the rule - a problem thatthe National Association of Home Builders(NAHB) has urged the agency to solve since the rule
was announced two years ago.
issue came to a head in May after floods devastated parts of Tennessee and
there weren't enough certified remodelers to complete much-needed home repairs.
NAHB and its state home builders association proposed a delay in enforcing the
rule - a decision EPA consented to in a letter on Friday.
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, EPA will not take enforcement
action against firms that have been unable to obtain certification until Oct. 1
of this year.
contractors must apply to enroll in a training class by Sept. 30 and complete
the training by Dec. 31, 2010.
can search for an EPA-approved training provider at <http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_training.htm>
or contact their local home builders association at <http://www.nahb.org/local_association_search_form.aspx>
to find Certified Renovator training sessions.
Homeowners can also find a
certified firm athttp://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_firm.htm.