Onerous Lead Paint Rule Won’t Solve Health Problems
The Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed rule governing lead-based paint in the remodeling industry will not solve the serious health problem it was designed to help prevent: lead poisoning in young children.
Instead, the new rule, which EPA unveiled on Dec. 29, will add delays to renovation projects and cost home owners more.
“There is no scientific research that shows that remodeling causes lead poisoning in children,” said Bob Hanbury, a Newington, Conn. remodeler and past chair of the NAHB Remodelors® Council. “Federal efforts should focus on finding the sources of lead exposure — usually tap water, peeling paint or contaminated soil or dust — and developing ways to mitigate that exposure. Instead, this rule concentrates on expensive restrictions that only affect the cost of remodeling.” ...