EPA's New Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Requirements Take Effect

Author:Mr John Epperson and John J. Gregory
Profession:Farella Braun & Martel

The US Environmental Protection Agency' s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP), originally published in the Federal Register April 22, 2008, became fully effective on April 22, 2010, imposing certain training, certification and work practice requirements on activities that disturb lead-based paint. The RRP rules are aimed at protecting against the hazards associated with lead-based paint, particularly the risk to children arising from exposure to lead-based paint chips and dust. These rules apply to housing and child-occupied facilities, as defined in the regulations, that were built before 1978, unless testing demonstrates that the paint being disturbed is not lead-based. Housing and child-occupied facilities built in 1978 or later are presumed not to have lead-based paint and are therefore not subject to the RRP rules.

The RRP rules, published by EPA at 40 CFR 745 as part of the implementing regulations for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), require anyone who performs work for compensation that could disturb paint in facilities subject to the rule to comply with specified training, certification and work practice requirements, in addition to pre-job notification of occupants by distribution of an EPA-prepared pamphlet regarding the hazards of lead-based paint. Minor repair or maintenance activities that disturb less than 6 square feet of interior paint per room or 20 square feet of exterior paint are generally not subject to the RRP rules. It is important to realize that renovation activities subject to this rule could include electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, and other work that disturbs painted surfaces.

Despite an extensive outreach campaign by EPA as the new requirements were phased in, there has still been concern about how quickly EPA could process the flood of applications...

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