EPA Clarifies Rules on Working with Lead Paint After Disasters

recordsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today provided needed clarification to the information it had posted regarding emergency renovations under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule – clarification that NAHB has insisted its members need to get needed repairs completed while staying in compliance with the rule.

After hurricanes devastated parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last fall, NAHB met with EPA to discuss the uncertainty that remodelers and renovators face regarding how the agency planned to implement the emergency repair provisions that the rule includes.

NAHB staff and the leadership of NAHB Remodelers brought their questions to EPA to address these issues. Now, the agency has issued its answers on two points regarding recordkeeping – how to reflect the job was subject to an emergency renovation – and clarifications on what constitutes a “whole-house gut rehabilitation project.”

In each case, EPA provided a new FAQ entry.

“I thank our NAHB Remodeler leaders for their persistence in getting this important information clarified,” said NAHB chairman Randy Noel. “Their efforts have paid off for the entire industry.”

As a result of the new clarification, especially regarding the recordkeeping requirements, renovators impacted by massive disasters need not worry how to record the activities related to those jobs in their files. This is key should their files ever be audited by the agency.

For more information please contact Tamra Spielvogel at 202-266-8327.

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  1. Bob Hanbury says:

    Persistence and the needed questions posed and answered have paid off. Good work. In a crisis the EPA should not make the problem worse with sketchy paperwork requirements. Help the public get back in there home asap. Paperwork burdens serve no purpose and add to costs to rebuild

  2. Curt Kiriu says:

    Clarification on the rule is fine, but after 8 years, where is the EPA “approved” lead test kit? Without an approved test kit, the RRP is still useless and leave us contractors liable.

  3. Waldron says:

    Local municipalities should offer lead test kits for homeowners in cases like these, to help both homeowners and contractors avoid disaster. Lead problems can lead to heartbreaking problems, and I wouldn’t ever want to have a hand in creating unsafe conditions for families, but paperwork requirements don’t help either end of rebuilds actually identify what needs to be remediated.

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