Lead Paint Rule Changes Loom for Remodelers at State and Federal Levels

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing its Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule in accordance with an executive order issued by President Trump.

Fully enacted in 2010, RRP requires any contractor or subcontractor renovating a home, childcare center or kindergarten built before 1978, where lead-based paint may be present, must maintain EPA or state certification and must use certified renovators. Any work that disturbs lead paint must be performed following specific methods of work and cleaning practices to prevent lead contamination.

Industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders, have provided comments to the EPA outlining concerns with the current RRP Rule. Here in Minnesota, the EPA is engaged in negotiations with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to reach a deal that would allow MDH to take over statewide enforcement of the EPA’s RRP Rule.

Currently, the EPA enforcement division based out of Chicago has the responsibility for ensuring contractors renovating homes where lead is present are in compliance with EPA regulations. Once the EPA and MDH agree on the draft RRP Rule for Minnesota, MDH will make the draft rule available for public comment, after which the final rule will take effect.

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