AAMA and Northeast Manufacturers Meet with Government Leaders, Call
for Support of Delay on EPA's Lead Rule
May 26, 2010
Rich Walker, president and chief executive officer of the American
Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) met with the staff
of U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), representatives from the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and other government and industry leaders
urging them to support a one-year delay in implementing the EPA's
Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP). In addition to
AAMA, those present included the Northeast Window and Door Association,
as well as several Delaware window manufacturers and dealers.
The May 20 meeting with Sen. Carper occurred nearly a month after
the LRRP Rule took effect and six months after a letter from the
U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy called into
question the science and data on which EPA based many of the regulatory
According to AAMAs release, the SBA Advocacy letter to the
EPA raised concerns about neglected legal procedures; questioned
the validity of studies used by EPA in their decision making and
strongly discouraged the exclusion of the "opt-out" provision.
The opt-out provision would have allowed those homeowners without
children under six or a pregnant woman living in the home to opt-out
of compliance with these regulations for their home renovations
"While AAMA and its members want to protect those most vulnerable
to lead poisoning, the EPA's representatives were not able to address
questions regarding how the elimination of the opt-out is to be
implemented, nor has the EPA provided adequate time or training
to allow for compliance. By its own admission, the EPA is 'not where
they need to be,' and has a 'backlog' in the area of training and
certification," says Walker, who adds, "The industry believes
that EPA has singled out the window industry as subject to these
regulations and then ignored our legitimate concerns. Under such
conditions, we have no choice but to appeal to our elected representatives
and ask them to help move our request to the policy level within
On behalf of AAMA, Walker requested that Sen. Carper and all of
the U.S. Congress:
- Support legislation introduced April 29 that would postpone
implementation until accreditation classes are held for a period
of at least one year;
- Consider holding hearings to review the concerns expressed
by the SBA Advocacy and by the window industry as a whole; and
- Consider the negative, economic impact to homeowners, contractors
Walker and colleagues presented data showing the EPA's cost estimates
of compliance for window installation to be "severely understated"
and "that adverse market reaction to the regulations and the
resulting increased costs is already being felt. Contractors, including
one at the meeting, are avoiding window sales opportunities, and
new window orders at the manufacturing level are now tracking some
20 percent below trend."
Walker also says, "The premature implementation of the LRRP
undermines the 2009 and 2010 federal energy-efficient tax credits
and to remodeling programs that encourage energy-efficient improvements,
such as HOME STAR and Building STAR."
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