[Washington DC] - On June 7, Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (H.R. 5911), which would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule. In March, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced a Senate version of the legislation (S. 2148). The bill aims to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards.
Among its key provisions, H.R. 5911/S. 2148 would restore the opt-out clause, suspend the LRRP if EPA cannot approve a commercially available test kit that meet the regulation's requirements, and provide a de minimis exemption for first-time paperwork violations. In July 2010, EPA removed the opt-out provision from the rule that allowed homeowners without children under six or pregnant women residing in the home to allow their contractor to forego the use of lead-safe work practices.
By removing the opt-out provision, EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP Rule. In addition, despite EPA stating a commercially available test kit producing no more than 10 percent false positives would be on the market when the rule took effect in April 2010, no test kit on the market meets this standard.
WDMA has made passage of H.R. 5911 and S.2148 a top legislative priority. Please contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to sign on as a cosponsor to H.R 5911/S. 2148!