EPA Seeks Small Businesses Input on Exterior Lead Paint for Public and Commercial Buildings
December 8, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gathered its applications from small businesses to participate as consultants for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint dust during the renovation, repair, and painting of the exterior of public and commercial buildings. Applications were due on December 3.

While the residential window industry has been dealing with the lead paint regulations since April of 2010 (go to www.dwmmag.com for extensive articles on the residential requirements), the EPA has indicated that they are looking at requirements involving commercial buildings as well.

The SBAR panel will include representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget and EPA. The panel will ask a selected group of small entity representatives (SER) to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community or organization to inform the panel about the impacts of a proposed rule on small entities involved in the renovation, repair, and painting of the exterior of public and commercial buildings. SERs may participate by telephone, webinar or in person, according to a news release from the EPA.

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is one group that submitted an application.

“Since more than 60 percent of our membership is comprised of small businesses, AAMA has submitted its application to serve as a small entity representative (SER) on the EPA’s Small Business Advocacy Review panel,” says Rich Walker, AAMA president and chief executive officer.”

The residential Lead Renovation Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) has been an area of debate in the residential industry, including for those who install doors and windows.

“Given the poor implementation of the residential LRRP, AAMA hopes to serve on the panel and extend the industry’s concerns and expertise regarding renovation and repair of exterior surfaces with lead-based paint in commercial buildings, specifically as it relates to the installation of fenestration products,” adds Walker.

The EPA says its deadline for the proposal on public and commercial building exteriors is 12/15/2011.

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