The View From Here
by Ric Jackson
September 5th, 2017

Lead Paint Rule Inching Closer to Resolution

The Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule has been and continues to be a sore spot for our industry. To date, very little if any progress has been made by the EPA to make this program viable. An affordable – and accurate – test kit remains elusive. So, where do we go from here?

The WDMA is leading the lead charge for our industry by actively campaigning in Washington, meeting with senators and sending a letter to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to address unresolved issues with the RRP Rule.

According to the WDMA’s recent policy update, “The letters emphasize the unresolved issues with the RRP Rule, including the continued lack of a commercially available lead test kit, flawed economic data, and the removal of the opt-out provision. WDMA has been working to see solutions from EPA over the years, but new leadership at EPA under the Trump Administration could result in the industry’s issues being addressed.”

The View from Here is that WDMA is clearly making the best of current conditions in Washington and remains focused on important policy issues. The timing is right to finally seek resolution to the long-standing angst around the RRP Rule.

The EPA is currently doing a mandatory review of the rule and has until 2018 to release the results. Meanwhile, it is an ideal time to contact your members of Congress and learn more from the WDMA on how you can join the cause.

What’s your View? Email me directly at Eric.Jackson@quanex.com.

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