Tuesday, June 10, 2014

EPA Deems RRP Lead-Paint Rule A Success, Plans for Future

By Craig Webb, Editor-in-Chief, Remodeling and ProSales at Hanley Wood

Four years since the launch of the federal government’s lead-safe renovation program, the official in charge of the program states that it has “a good foundation in place” and anecdotal evidence that it has helped reduce cases of lead poisoning in children.

To date, more than 135,000 renovation firms and roughly 493,000 individuals have been certified by approximately 600 certified trainers to engage in lead-safe practices when working on homes where the possibility of lead paint exists, stated Tanya Hodge Mottley, director of the National Program Chemicals Division at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA has taken nearly 70 enforcement actions regarding violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule since its enactment in April 2010.  Particularly notable violations of the RRP rule were Lowe's Home Centers who were cited with a record $500K fine and in Connecticut, the 200 letters sent to home renovation and painting contractors regarding a planned "compliance assistance and enforcement initiative."

Read more: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/business/regulations/epas-rrp-chief-touts-lead-paint-rules-success-outlines-future-plans_o

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