[Washington DC] - On March 6, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) reintroduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (S. 484), which would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to reduce the burden the regulation has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards.
Among its key provisions, S. 484 would restore the opt-out clause, suspend the rule for owner-occupied housing built between 1960 and 1978 without a pregnant woman or small child living there if EPA cannot approve a test kit meeting its own standard for false positives, prohibit expansion of the rule to commercial buildings until EPA conducts research demonstrating the need for such action, and provide a de minimis exemption for first-time paperwork violations by certified contractors.
In July 2010, EPA removed the opt-out provision from the rule that allowed homeowners without pregnant women or children under age six 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 EPA-approved test kit on the market meets this standard.
Current cosponsors of the bill include Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Charles Grassley (R-IA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). Similar legislation was introduced by Sen. Inhofe in 2012 but expired at the end of the last congressional session.
WDMA has made passage of S. 484 a top legislative priority. Please contact your Senators and urge them to sign on as a cosponsor to S. 484!