Industry seeks relief from lead-paint regulations
Dealers of windows and doors today [March 17] urged the Office of Management and Budget to delay enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rules slated to take effect April 22, 2010, and to retain an “opt-out” provision that offers an exemption for homes where no children under six years of age are in residence.
The regulation requires use of lead-safe practices for all renovation, repair and painting projects that may disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978. Contractors doing the work must be certified by EPA. Violators can be fined up to $37,500 per day.
In a meeting with OMB officials, the small business leaders said EPA is forging ahead with its rule even though the majority of affected contractors are unaware of it, and are not certified to comply with EPA’s complex lead management procedures.
The delegation urged OMB to postpone the effective date of the rule at least until the end of the year until EPA can undertake a public education program to make certain renovators and consumers are aware of the rule and its potential costs. They also asked OMB to insist that EPA keep the opt-out rule, and refrain from imposing third-party validation requirements.