On August 5, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (S. 1987) was reintroduced in the Senate. The legislation was introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and was cosponsored by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and John Thune (R-SD). The bill would restore the opt-out clause and require EPA to identify a test kit meeting the rule’s standards. In May, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reintroduced identical legislation (H.R. 2328) in the House of Representatives.
NLBMDA continues to make this issue a top priority and plans to meet with EPA representatives this week to discuss the ongoing challenges with lead paint test kits used to comply with the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. Neither of the two test kits approved by EPA for RRP compliance comes close to meeting the required standard of no more than 10 percent false positives.
NLBMDA has made passage of S. 1987 and H.R. 2328 a top legislative priority. Dealers are encouraged to go to NLBMDA's Legislative Action Center to contact their Senators and Representative and ask them to cosponsor the bill.