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EPA LEAD Paint Rule Now In Affect

ATTENTION – All Contractors, Window Installers, Handy-persons

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON LEAD-BASED PAINT RENOVATION. EPA provided a extended grace period to the Lead Based Paint Ruling. That grace period is over. The federal law requires contractors to be RRP certified and to use lead-safe work practices. To become RRP certified you must complete an 8-hour EPA approved (RRP) Certification training. All contractors must also submit a firm application.
Oct 05, 2010

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON LEAD-BASED PAINT RENOVATION

EPA provided a extended grace period to the Lead Based Paint Ruling. That grace period is over. The federal law requires contractors to be RRP certified and to use lead-safe work practices. To become RRP certified you must complete an 8-hour EPA approved (RRP) Certification training. All contractors must also submit a firm application.

To become RRP Certified: http://www.tm4group.com

To certify your firm:

Application for firm certification (PDF) (9 pp, 642K)

Example application for a renovation firm (PDF) (2 pp, 299K)

Example combination application for a renovator and abatement firm (PDF) (2 pp, 211K)

The EPA Lead Paint renovation rule was enacted April 22, 2010 and requires that any contractor paid to renovate or repair a home in which you would be disturbing six (6) square feet or more in a home or facility where children are present, must test for lead paint.  If lead paint is present, specific containment is required or penalties and fines will be sanctioned against the firm. If you are unfamiliar with this new rule, DON’T BE CAUGHT OFF-GUARD, get informed NOW. The grace period has expired and you can be fined up to $37,500 per violation. For details on the rule and how it affects your business see http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.  

A few changes to the rule have recently gone into effect. One is that Lead Paint Firm Certifications, which now costs $300 through EPA, will be changed to $25 in January when the State of Washington Dept of Commerce takes over the EPA program.

Gretchen Stewart, of TM4Group (which includes Guild members Jon Alexander and Doug Kennedy) says, the “possible downside (of the new changes is that), the State will be taking over the program. They (the State) now have 12 inspectors trained for enforcement. Now that does not sound like a lot but when you consider the fact that the Department's budget is based on the income from enforcement penalties... that is critical information. Their revenue will come from enforcement.”

Don’t help the State generate revenue by citing you for breaking the rule – get certified NOW.

“Everyone needs to understand the changes now in place AND everyone needs to be certified!”

TM4Group, in meeting with representatives from the EPA and the State Department of Commerce, says “EPA already provided a reprieve from the original April 22nd date for those who had not gained their RRP Certification:

"All contractors and tradespersons must show proof of registration to take an RRP Certification Course by OCTOBER 1st and must complete the 8-hour training program by December 31st."

The EPA deadline has passed, and they are ready to issue enforcement penalties.

For training information contact TM4Group, a certified EPA RRP Trainer and Northwest EcoBuilding Guild member, at 425-644-5355, gretchenaj@usa.net, or visit their website at http://www.tm4group.com.

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