NLBMDA Meets with EPA Officials on Lead Paint Rule
NLBMDA recently attended a meeting at EPA headquarters in Washington, DC to discuss the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) and the ongoing issue with the accuracy of lead paint test kits approved for compliance. NLBMDA was joined by representatives from other building and construction industry trade associations.
NLBMDA told EPA that the an affordable test kit meeting the false positive standard is necessary to achieving the goal of protecting pregnant women and young children from lead exposure without creating without placing an undue burden on remodelers. Recent discussions have focused on EPA allowing the use of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) as an alternative for RRP compliance; however, NLBMDA opposes this as it is not a one-for-one replacement. The cost and time required to use this option is unworkable and EPA dismissed this during the drafting of this rule over seven years ago.
NLBMDA expects EPA to announce a solution on the test kits by the end of September and will continue to work with the Agency on making changes to the rule while still preventing lead exposure.