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New Lead Paint Regulations starting in three weeks

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by pyrdek, Mar 29, 2010.

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  1. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    NW PA
    I didn't really know if this goes in the politics and legislation catagory or the OT.

    THE EPA is set to pull the trigger on new lead paint regulatiuons for people doing any home remodeling or repairs. It is slated to start April 22. This was the first I heard of it. How about you?

    Here we have yet another example of environmental rules that will do additional damage to the small businesses and homeowners. EPA says it will only add about $35 dollars to the cost of home renovation. Just how much does $35 buy you when dealing with a home contractor??? Maybe pounding in two or three nails? Yet EPA wants record keeping, training, and, although the article doesn't directly say so, don't be surprised if the hidden parts may also include the cost of hazardous materials disposal in the regulation.

    Excepts from the posting. (URL to link to the full article follows in case you can't use this link. It is too long to fit in the "URL" window.)

    LINK to article

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    EPA lead paint law goes into effect April 22.

    "The federal regulation — known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program — holds contractors responsible for following strict protocol to minimize and contain lead dust during home improvements on residences built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned in the U.S.

    "According to EPA estimates, some 37.8 million homes and child-occupied facilities will fall under the aegis of the new rule."

    another excerpt:
    "But lead safety advocates, contractors and public health officials say there isn't enough time to get all affected service providers into compliance, that too few homeowners and contractors know about the law, and that the EPA won't be able to effectively enforce it.
    The truth about lead

    "The law requires contractors to get certified in lead-safe work practices if their work disturbs more than 6 square feet of paint on the interior or a 20-square-foot section on the exterior of a home built before 1978. The older your home is, the more likely it contains lead-based paint, which can turn into a fine, ingestible dust if disturbed."

    Yet another:
    "The EPA projects that 212,000 firms and 236,000 people need certification in order to comply with the law. But as of press time, only 817 firms and 13,669 contractors have done so, according to the agency. The EPA had only 133 accredited trainers, though Doa pointed out that some trainers travel out of state to host classes.

    "We believe there's sufficient capacity," Doa says. She expects demand to increase as the deadline approaches. "In fact, classes are being canceled because they're not filling up." However, there were several states that had no trainers listed on the EPA's website in late February, including Rhode Island, Louisiana and Arizona. The EPA declined to comment on this point."

    And the last excerpt:
    "They say the cost of following the guidelines — considering record-keeping requirements, time and extra materials — could add anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars to renovation jobs, depending on the size, though the EPA estimates it will add $35 per job on average.

    But Bill Simone, president of the Custom Design & Construction in Los Angeles, says the EPA can't adequately project the costs because it's not out in the field, doing the work.

    "To ask the EPA what this is going to cost is like going to a podiatrist for a brain tumor," Simone says. He says the extra time and materials needed to comply with the law will hurt his bottom line. "It's a business killer, plain and simple."

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  2. E. Beaver

    E. Beaver Member

    Oct 27, 2007
    If I remember correctly the fine for non compliance is a wopping #37,500.00

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