- WEB EXCLUSIVE
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In a press release, the EPA said it will continue to provide support and assistance, providing a nod that the agency is aware and understanding of the fact that many contractors still haven't been certified:
"Recognizing the large number of contractors and homes subject to the rule, EPA is increasing its outreach efforts and providing guidance to facilitate compliance and ease the transition period following the rule's effective date."
The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which requires contractors to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices, was first announced in 2006. In 2008, the EPA finalized the rule and set April 22, 2010 as the implementation date. To date, EPA has certified 204 training providers who have conducted more than 6,900 courses, training an estimated 160,000 people in the construction and remodeling industries to use lead-safe work practices.
The rule will also now apply to all pre-1978 homes; the agency noted this change was meant to close a pre-existing loophole. This part goes into effect in two months.
The guidance is available at www.epa.gov/lead. The EPA also has an 800 number to respond to inquiries about the new requirements: (800) 424-LEAD.