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NARI President William E. Carter, MCR, CKBR, UDCR, and incoming Government Affairs Committee Chairman David Merrick, MCR, UDCR, spent Thurs., March 18 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to request a delay on the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule. NARI leaders met officials from the EPA, the Office of Management and Budget, as well as key senate leaders of the Energy Committee and Environmental and Public Works Committee.
Consistent with NARI’s core purpose to advance the remodeling industry’s vital public purpose, protecting the safety, welfare and housing of homeowners is included. Thus, NARI supports the EPA in its effort to protect the public from the hazards of lead poisoning. There is serious concern, however, that the remodeling industry is not nor can be prepared for an implementation date of April 22, 2010. The request for delay was made based on the following:
* The number of trainers is insufficient to certify the agency’s very conservative estimate of 200,000 contractors required.
* Only 14,000 individuals have been certified to date, and seven states reportedly have no trainers.
* The opt-out provision is a significant component of the rule and is under continuing review.
* The EPA has not commenced its planned public awareness campaign; the general public and the majority of contractors are not even aware of the rule.
“Issues like this which affect the remodeling industry and our members cause NARI to become more involved in the government arena” Carter said. “The government does not understand our industry and we must enable that understanding. The leaders with whom we met were receptive and keenly interested. We are hopeful that these key visits will result in a meaningful and necessary relief.”
Until the EPA or Federal government officially announces a delay of the LRRP rule, NARI members who work on homes built prior to 1978 must become certified by the April 22, 2010 deadline. Right now, there is no other alternative.
NARI Chapters are holding training sessions, and members can find additional information on all EPA LRRP-related information at www.nari.org/leadsafety.Â NARI will remain active on this issue, and continue to keep members informed of developments.