D.C. Hotline: EPA backs off
 lead rule tests

There will be no more talk of dust wipe sampling and clearance testing requirements for the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule. The extra requirements were pulled by the EPA after vigorous opposition from the industry, including the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA).

“This development is a major victory for NLBMDA, LBM dealers doing installed sales and their remodeler customers,” said Scott Lynch, the group’s executive VP. “It will also save home-owners in pre-1978 homes from having to absorb even more unjustified costs associated with the lead rule.”

Still, the 2010 LRRP rule remains in the crosshairs of its opponents and requires training and certification for remodelers who do work on older houses. The EPA said it wants to add to its current “lead-safe work practices,” including vertical containment systems in some cases and regular replacement of vacuum filters.

The NLBMDA said it continues to oppose expansion of the rule, as it also seeks an opt-out provision where no children are present.

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