In an April 23 news release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced release of two new amendments to the EPA RRP Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule regarding dust wipe testing and their intention to apply the rule to public and commercial buildings.
The proposed amendments would change the lead rule as a direct result of a voluntary legal settlement with several environmental groups that challenged the original regulation.
According to the NAHB the proposed amendments would:
- Require abatement-style dust wipe testing and share results with home occupants and owners.This rule change will apply to certain remodeling activities and require the renovator to achieve the EPA's strict numerical limits for lead dust levels on window sills, window troughs, and floors. The EPA's numerical lead dust standards are the same as those dictated to lead-based paint abatement firms for achieving "clearance" under EPA's abatement rules. Depending on the outcome of this upcoming amendment, remodelers and other contractors may also be subject to additional regulatory restrictions at the state and local level triggered by the knowledge of disturbing lead-based paint. After this proposal is published, it will be out for a 60 day comment period with the goal of completing and finalizing this rule change in July 2011. Click here to view or save the proposed amendment as a PDF
- Apply the lead rule to public and commercial buildings. The EPA plans to amend the rule to expand its scope over both public and commercial buildings. NAHB will follow this development but expects the proposal to come out after the clearance testing amendment. Click here to view or save the proposed amendment as a PDF