EPA Waives Lead Paint Requirements for Certain Renovations

Filed in Codes and Standards, Remodeling by on September 18, 2017 0 Comments

lead paintAs recovery and rebuilding efforts begin in Texas and Florida following devastating hurricanes, many may wonder if EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule still applies to these post-disaster renovations.

Normally, renovations in homes built prior to 1978 must be supervised and/or performed by a certified renovator using lead-safe work practices.

However, when the work is considered an emergency renovation, which is defined as one that results from a sudden, unexpected event, certain certification and lead-safe work practices are waived. But other provisions remain in place, including post-renovation cleaning and recordkeeping requirements.

EPA has provided additional information on the emergency renovation provision on its website, and NAHB is working with EPA to provide greater clarity to our members working in pre-1978 homes that were damaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

For more information on disaster recovery, please visit the NAHB Natural Disaster Resources Toolkit. For additional details about EPA enforcement of the RRP Rule, contact Amy Chai.

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