Magazine article USA TODAY

Pending Lead Paint Rule Endangers Remodeling

Magazine article USA TODAY

Pending Lead Paint Rule Endangers Remodeling

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A shortage of EPA-accredited trainers means that homeowners planning a remodeling project this spring may not be able to find a qualified remodeler if a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency goes into effect as scheduled, warns the National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C. As of April 22, the EPA will require all contractors working in homes built before lead paint was banned in 1978 to be trained and certified under the Lead Paint: Renovation, Repair, and Repainting rule. Contractors subject to the rule include remodelers, carpenters, plumbers, heating and air conditioning workers, window installers, and others.

"We've gotten word out to our members and they understand the new requirements and are working hard to get certified by the deadline," says Donna Shirley, 2010 chair of NAHB Remodelers. "Our local home building associations are offering certification classes to their members, but the EPA hasn't approved enough trainers to enable our members and other contractors to be certified on time, and that's going to put remodelers and their customers in quite a bind. …

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