Industry Associations Ban Together to Urge
Delay on Lead Paint Rule
March 15, 2010
Several industry associations have united to urge the Environmental
Protection Association (EPA) to delay the implementation of its
new lead paint rule, officially known as Lead: Renovation,
Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP). The associations, including
the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the National Lumber
and Building Material Dealers Association, the National Association
of Home Builders, as well as several private organizations, including
Lowes and The Home Depot, penned a group letter, submitted
to several U.S. Senate members involved in the development of the
rule, seeking a delay, noting concerns about EPAs ability
to implement the rule on its scheduled effective date (April 22),
along with concerns about its effect on the economic stimulus weatherization
As manufacturers, distributors, retailers and installers
of new construction materials, we support efforts to ensure that
home renovations in pre-1978 homes are conducted in accordance with
EPAs LRRP requirements, reads the letter. Unfortunately,
based on EPA compliance needs estimates, we do not believe EPA is
prepared to adequately implement the LRRP. Further, if implemented
now, the LRRP will negatively affect the economic stimulus funding
designated for housing weatherization and planned efforts for a
national residential retrofit program.
They go on to express that the same homes affected by the rulethose
built before 1978are the same that the weatherization program
and HOMESTAR program target. The letter points out that the HOME
STAR program is at the risk of derailing compliance with the
LRRP, or vice versa, that compliance with LRRP will subvert the
ability to deliver jobs and save energy in the oldest, least-efficient
According to the rule, contractors (including contract glaziers)
who disturb painted surfaces in pre-1978 homes are required to be
certified in lead abatement before these regulations become effective.
According to the RRP, contractors disturbing painted surfaces on
a non-emergency repair in a pre-1978 home that is more than 6 square
feet in any particular room (interior) or more than 20 square feet
per side (exterior) must follow lead-safe work practices. Considerations
for contract glaziers working on these jobs include determining
whether the glazing compound was painted over; whether the glazier
would be disturbing any painted surface; and checking to see whether
the painted surface is on the interior or exterior.
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