EPA Extends Deadline for new Lead Based Paint Rules

EPA Extends Deadline for new Lead Based Paint Rules

Beginning April 22, the EPA instituted new rules regarding lead based paint. This new ruling affects homes built before 1978.

The ruling requires approval for your work by the Environmental Protection Agency or you could face fines of up to $37,500 per day.

Wanna know more about the new ruling?  Read the post EPA New Lead Paint Rules.

However, today the enforcement date was extended to October 1, 2010.

Seems there hasn’t been enough time to train inspectors nor to set up enforcement agencies. The EPA will also not enforce certification requirements against individual renovation workers if they apply to enroll in certified renovator classes by September 30, 2010 and complete the training by December 31, 2010.

Another change that was made in today’s update is that this latest rule removes a provision from existing regulations that allowed owner-occupants of pre-1978 homes to “opt-out” of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices if there were no children under six years of age in the home.

You can read more about the ruling in this EPA article.

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  1. Thanks for the info, Ed. We at our office never heard a word about the offered training. It’s all about marketing!

    We’re very interested in the training for ourselves.

  2. Hi Karen

    It is really going to be a shame when the EPA DOES start fining people for failure to get the appropriate certification to do the work – specially in houses we ( the investors ) own and are working on ourselves.
    Recently Triad Real Estate Investors Association (www.triadreia.org) put together a Saturday training class and offered it to investors and anyone that wanted to go. The cost was $225 p/person charged by training company. I enrolled 3 of my workers and yet they couldn’t get the 10 person minimum required for the company to hold the training.
    If you know people interested Triad REIA would be happy to try to schedule another class.
    Cheers !

  3. Absolutely, we all need to be abiding by the terms now, however, they will not be inspected or enforced until October 2010, unless it gets delayed again.

    I think officials are realizing that, once again, they have legislated a fulfillment nightmare.

    Another case of over regulation.

  4. Karen:

    I am a full-time investor and renovator in Florida. I recently attended the RRP training and have now become a certified instructor as well. One thing your readers need to realize is that the extension does not excuse renovators from following “lead-safe work practices”. Tto quote from the memo dated June 18th 2010 that you posted ” In view of the paramount importance of ensuring that all contractors follow lead safe work practices….. EPA will continue to enforce the work practice requirements in the rule”. This has been interpreted by many in the training industry to mean that although you need not have the certification card, you MUST know the proper techniques and use them NOW in your renovations. The catch is that the only really effective way to learn the required techniques is to attend the class. A catch-22 of sorts. Here in the Orlando market we are offering the training monthly and have available seating in our classes.
    Thanks for the creating such a valuable forum!!

    Charles Fischer

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