NARI Sends Out Call To Action To Members and Other Remodelers Regarding RRP
Recently I received an email from Bruce Case, chairperson of the NARI Government Affairs Committee. In the message Bruce put out a call to action to get NARI Members to send a letter to their representatives in support of the recent amendments to the RRP Rule. I asked Bruce if contractors other than NARI members could join in and help out. He encouraged that support, so with his permission I am sharing this call to action with you. I hope you will consider adding your voice to this call to action. Feel free to share this with other contractors you know and encourage them to participate as well.
I have mailed letters to my MA representatives; I hope you will do the same.
Here is what Bruce and NARI is asking you to do
If you have not already done so, there is still time to send a letter. Just follow the instructions below.
Copy the text from this letter onto your company letterhead.
Modify the letter to address your representative. To find your representative, type in your address to this Website.
Describe your company in the highlighted areas of the letter.
Print the letter and sign it.
Fax a copy to the representative's office, also found on this Website.
Fax or e-mail a copy of that letter to NARI National office, (847) 298-9225 or email@example.com.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 2093, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013. Similar to the Senate bill introduced in March, this bill would:
- Restore the opt-out provision to the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting (LRRP) rule.
- Prohibit the EPA from expanding LRRP to commercial and public buildings.
- Provide an exemption for renovations after a natural disaster.
- Suspend LRRP if the EPA can't approve a commercially available test kit that meets the regulation's requirement.
Why it's important for all contractors to participate:
- The introduction of this bill keeps the pressure on the EPA to enforce the current LRRP regulation.
- This bill keeps legislators focused on the EPA's struggle to implement the LRRP rule, which will prove important as the EPA examines extending LRRP to commercial construction.
- 92% of NARI members asked NARI to support legislation that reinstated the "opt-out" provision last year.
- To date the EPA has fined only 36 firms under LRRP.
- Remodelers need a seat at the table with the EPA -- let's continue to put pressure on the EPA rather than being a "victim" to their regulations and lax enforcement.
"We must hang together, or surely we shall hang separately"