AAMA Encourages Congress to Approve One-Year
Delay on EPA's Lead Rule
May 10, 2010
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and
its members are voicing their support to delay implementation of
the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair
and Painting Rule (LRRP). Although the new rule took effect on April
22, government leaders are reviewing legislation introduced on April
29 that would postpone implementation until accreditation classes
are held for a period of at least one year (CLICK
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"It is fair and logical that remodeling contractors need time
to gain the proper training and certification so that they can comply
with these new requirements," says Janice Charletta, AAMA association
services director. "The proposed one-year delay also will give
the EPA more time to adequately prepare for full implementation
and to fully inform U.S. homeowners of the impending requirements."
Throughout the EPA's LRRP proposal process, AAMA has contacted and
met with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representations
and key government officials. Concurrently, AAMA has advocated for
congressional support of remodeling programs that encourage energy-efficient
improvements, such as HOME STAR and Building STAR.
In a statement issued by AAMA, the association notes that according
to a field study conducted by Architectural Testing Inc., the costs
of implementing the LRRP rules was estimated to be $121.50 per window.
Failure to comply could result in fines of $37,500 per violation,
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