New Lead Paint Remodeling Law

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New Lead Paint Remodeling Law

Final Rule – Lead Based Paint

On June 18, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an amendment to the final Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), effective April 22, 2010. The RRP Rule requires that contractors who work in residential buildings built before the 1978 outlaw of lead based paint be certified by a government-approved trainer and follow particular safety rules. The ruling aims to reduce the amount of lead dust created during home renovation and repair, and affects tens of millions of homes, including multifamily units.

The RRP Rule requires that certified firms engaging in repair, renovation, or painting activities that disturb lead based paint be certified by the EPA. Some of the requirements outlined in the RRP Rule include information distribution to building occupants to notify them of the work being conducted, obtaining written certification from the adult occupant that the information has been received, postage of signs defining the work area, isolation of the work area by covering all ducts with taped down plastic, closing window and doors and covering them with plastic sheeting, covering the floor with taped down plastic, negatively pressurizing the work space, storing daily waste under containment that prevents the release of dust, disposing of the waste in a sealed bag approved by the EPA, placing all waste in a lined container and disposing of it into an EPA approved site, etc.

Following an outcry from industry groups including IREM and CCIM Institute, politicians, and homeowners, all claiming the new rule would drive up development costs and derail economic recovery, the EPA postponed enforcement of the RRP Rule’s certification requirement until October 1, 2010. The EPA will also not enforce against individual renovation workers who have applied to enroll in, or have enrolled in, a certification class no later than September 30, 2010. Renovators must complete training by December 31, 2010.

You may access the RRP Rule Memorandum issued by the EPA through the following link:

IREM and CCIM Institute legislative staff will continue to monitor this issue, and will keep you informed of any new developments.
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