Posted by: jeb1 | July 15, 2011

EPA Enforcement Funding May Be Cut From NAHB

In a rare voice vote, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment offered by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), that would limit funding for enforcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule until the agency approves a more accurate lead paint test kit.

While the measure must be approved by the House and then the Senate before it goes to the President’s desk, the amendment is a great step forward for the NAHB-led coalition seeking common-sense answers for compliance and enforcement of the lead rule, which applies to homes built before 1978.

In addition, the amendment is testament to the power of NAHB Remodelers, who immediately called and emailed Members of Congress who serve on the Appropriations Committee to ask for their support after NAHB alerted them Monday night to the vote.

“I’m very pleased that the committee understood how important it is to rein in these EPA excesses,” said NAHB Remodelers Chair Bob Peterson, CGR, CAPS, CGP, a remodeler in Fort Collins, Colo. “NAHB members strongly support the intention of the lead paint regulations, but without a reliable test kit, the required lead-safe work practices add only expense, and not additional protection.”

This amendment is a first step in limiting the EPA’s enforcement of the lead rule. While passage through the House and Senate will be an uphill battle, the message to the EPA is that the agency should heed the concerns of professional remodelers about the lead rule.

Professional remodelers must continue to follow the lead rule and prepare for enforcement actions. Resources for lead rule compliance can be found at www.nahb.org/leadcompliance.

For more information about the Rehberg amendment, read Monday’s article from Nation’s Building News.

Read more in the next issue of ReNews.


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