Door and Window Musings
by Tara Taffera
June 29th, 2010

Clarifying Lead Rules

When the EPA issued a memo recently stating it would not enforce the lead certification requirement until later this year it created some confusion. So to clarify, if you’re already certified as certified renovator you still have to follow lead-safe work practices. However, if you are not trained as a certified renovator, the agency will not take enforcement action for violations of the RRP Rule’s firm certification requirement until October 1, 2010. Additionally, EPA will not enforce the rule against individual renovation workers if the person has applied to enroll in, or has enrolled in a certified renovator class to train contractors in practices necessary for compliance with the final rules, before or on September 30, 2010. Renovators must complete the training by December 31, 2010.

Many who read DWM’s story on this subject voiced their concerns on our site. You can read all the comments HERE. Basically many feel they are at a disadvantage for being proactive and going through the training while others took a wait-and-see attitude, which, in the end, bought them some time.

All throughout this process companies have talked about the huge effect this will have on the door and window industry. Our newsletter includes two stories this week of lumberyards around for more than 30 years and 100 years that had to close their doors. These closures weren’t related to the lead requirements, as they seemed to be related to the economy and housing conditions, but it just made me hope that this is an unfortunate coincidence and we won’t see more stories of closures in the coming months. Hopefully, things are starting to turn around for those on all sides of the supply chain.

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  1. I totally agree that even though the EPA is saying they will still fine contractors for doing work without adopting lead safe practices, “common sense” tells you that they would have a tough upholding that in a court of law. We as a manufacturer were VERY diligent in educating our customers to the RRP rule and now feel like we have been duped…

  2. Other goverment screw up and a mess and the crap and the confusion keeps getting deeper and deeper now as it does put out any company that was trying to comply at a huge disadvantage now. Where we live our state did not have a EPA training class until just 10 days before this became law now there is not enough trained or certified contractors to handle the work load. For the ones that tried be proactive and to comply with the new regulation and we get punished for that now with this new stupied delay move now….
    I’ve are ready started seeing our window and doors business go down as the people will just find a “here today and gone tomarrow contractor” that will do the work under the table and your lost the job trying to do it right. I see industry professionals that say they are not going to comply or they well get out of the business because of these regulations are way to much confession with these. They need to back up and redo this whole big mess now as its anouther example of the goverment getting involved and screwing everything up. Bring back the opt out claue until we can get this whole thing figured out now…..

  3. Thanks for the post, helpful info!

    If you are looking for additional info, we have a lot of useful EPA RRP information collected in one section. Hope you find it helpful.

    We also have a database of RRP FAQs

    Hope this helps!

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