Housing First Minnesota and other industry groups met with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Monday to discuss the proposed Rules governing Lead Paint and Remodeling (RRP). This stakeholder discussion provided positive steps towards improving Minnesota's proposed RRP Rules. MDH is attempting to take oversight and enforcement custody of the RRP rule, which is currently administered by the EPA out of their Chicago office.
Monday's stakeholder meeting follows over a year of meetings between MDH and Housing First Minnesota, where industry feedback, costs analysis, and concerns over the direction of Minnesota's RRP Rules were shared.
Progress has been made on several key issues, including: clarification of the definition of lead paint; specified language on what comprises a 'work area'; illustration of MDH expectations of a decontamination; and importantly, guidance on the requirements for training and project-specific documentation.
Looking ahead, MDH will be updating their draft rule to incorporate the changes from industry feedback. Housing First Minnesota has committed to completing detailed cost projections based on the updated draft rule. We expect the update by mid-September and will convene industry leaders to review. If you have questions or feedback on this rule, please contact Nick Erickson, Regulatory Affairs Manager.