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June 4, 2013
WDMA ALERT:

Ask Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the 

Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act 

(H.R. 2093, S. 484) 

 

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[Washington DC]Ask your Representative and Senators to cosponsor the Lead Reduction Exposure Amendments Act (H.R. 2093, S. 484), which would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule. On May 22, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) reintroduced the bill, which aims to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. In March, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced identical legislation in the Senate.

The rule took effect in April 2010, requiring any renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet on the interior of a pre-1978 home and any window or door replacement project, to follow rigorous new work practices supervised by an EPA-certified renovator and performed by an EPA-certified renovation firm.

 

Talking Points for H.R. 2093 and S. 484:

  • Restores the opt-out provision removed by EPA. Originally, the rule allowed homeowners to waive testing and the use of special work practices if there were no pregnant women or children six years of age or younger living in the home;
  • Restoring the opt-out provision will not change the rule's protections for pregnant women and small children;
  • Suspends LRRP for post-1960 homes without a pregnant woman or small child living there if EPA cannot approve a test kit that meets the regulation's requirements;
  • A test kit meeting EPA's own standard is not yet on the market, despite EPA stating a commercially available test kit would be on the market when the rule took effect in April 2010;
  • Provides a de minimis exemption for first-time paperwork non-compliance by certified contractors; and
  • Provides an exemption to the rule for renovations after a natural disaster.

Two Ways to Act:

If you have any questions or feedback on this issue, please email Ben Gann at bgann@wdma.com. 

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