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 HERE for related article).

"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, per day.

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