EPA to Revise Lead Paint Program

January 15th, 2015 by Editor

Lead PaintOn Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed three minor changes to its Lead-based Paint Activities and the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting programs that could make them function better.

According to the proposal, the EPA wants to eliminate a rule that requires hands-on refresher training courses for renovators, which would allow them to save time and money by taking the classes online. The agency also believes the rule change would increase participation in the program.

The EPA also wants to get rid of requirements that force training providers, firms and individuals to be certified in each state or locality where they want to work, which would save money and reduce paperwork.

Additionally, the EPA is clarifying requirements for training providers under both the Lead-based Paint Activities and the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting programs.

According to the EPA, these changes could save the industry up to $9.8 million per year.

The EPA will take public comments on the proposed changes until February 13.

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