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Senate Votes to Delay EPA RRP Lead Paint Violation Fines

There’s great news for contractors everywhere before the Memorial Day Weekend! Shawn McCadden has posted an article on his website today that the Senate has voted to delay the implementation EPA RRP lead-paint violation fines. This will give remodelers, painters, and other contractors more time to acquire the necessary training and certification.

Read more of the posted article here: Senate moves to put off EPA RRP lead-paint violation fines

Major EPA RRP Amendments: Opt-Out Provision Taken Away & Possible Dust Wipe Testing

Shawn McCadden has urgent updates about the EPA RRP lead rule in the latest EM-NARI newsletter. The opt-out provision that allowed homeowners to choose whether or not to abide by the RRP lead rule standards has been taken away. After July 6th, 2010, contractors and homeowners will no longer be allowed to opt out of the law. This means that all work that is not complete before that date will have to conform to the new rules, no matter what.

Also, there is a proposed amendment for mandatory dust wipe testing. Shawn writes:

If dust wipe testing is added to the rule, it will dramatically change the remodeling process, as the wipes would be sent out to a lab for testing and the work area would need to remain off limits to the homeowners until the testing proves negative for lead dust. The renovator would also be responsible to keep re-cleaning the work area until the testing passes muster.

Shawn is, however, pleased with the Massachusetts version of the EPA rule. It requires more, but is more clearly defined, and many of the new requirements were already OSHA regulations.

You can read more about this important development and more on page 9 of the EM-NARI newsletter here: May 2010 (PDF)

A little more about Shawn:

Shawn McCadden founded, operated, and sold a successful design/build company. A co-founder of the Residential Design/Build Institute and former director of education for a national K&B remodeling franchise, Shawn speaks at industry events and consults with remodeling companies. He is one of the industry’s leading experts on the EPA RRP Rule and how it affects remodelers and the supply chain.

You can visit his site at www.shawnmccadden.com, or email him at shawnm@charter.net

Massachusetts Bureaucracy Joins the EPA RRP Enforcement Equation

Mark Paskell of The Contractor Coaching Partnership, a company specializing in EPA RRP training for contractors, has learned that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is stepping into the process begun under the federal government, and proposing to regulate this issue on the local level. It remains to be seen how this bureaucratic change would impact contractors in Massachusetts who have just completed their training and registration with the EPA.

We recommend that you follow Mark Paskell’s blog on The Contractor Coaching Partnership website to stay up-to-date on this important issue.

Read more here: Massachusetts Seeking to Administer and Enforce the EPA RRP Rule

Training for the new EPA Lead Rules Now Available

The EPA Renovate, Repair and Painting Rule goes into effect on April 22, 2010. Just about any contractor is most likely to be impacted since it pertains to anyone disturbing more than 6 sq. feet of interior and/or 20 sq. feet of exterior painted surfaces on pre-1978 homes while making renovations for compensation.

EPA RRP Certification is required for virtually all contractors, including:

· Window Contractors
· Siding Contractors
· Renovation Contractors
· Painters
· Plumbers and Electricians
· Roofers
· Remodelers
· Carpenters
· Handyman
· Insurance Restoration Contractors

The fines for non-compliance are up to $37,500 per violation, so this training and certification is absolutely necessary!

National Lumber’s EPA RRP Lead Rules training day sold out very quickly. Although the National Lumber date has sold out and we will not be hosting any further events, you can contact your local building association to find other training options.

Of course, all the information you need about the new rules can be found on the EPA website here: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/training.htm


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