EPA Sets $300 Certification Fee for Lead Paint Rule Compliance
Remodeling firms that are working in homes where there is lead-based paint will have to pay a $300 certification fee in order to comply with the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The rule, which will take effect on April 22, 2010, addresses remodeling and renovation projects disturbing more than six square feet of potentially contaminated painted surfaces for all residential and multifamily structures built prior to 1978 that are inhabited or frequented by pregnant women and children under the age of six.
The rule establishes required lead-safe work practices, including posting warning signs for occupants and visitors; using disposable plastic drop cloths; cleaning the work area with HEPA vacuuming and wet washing; and individual certification through a training course. Remodeling firms can begin applying for their certification on Oct. 22.
The certification fee structure, including a $300 fee for remodeling firms for a five-year period, was published in the Federal Register on Friday, March 20.
The rule also requires a cleaning inspection after the work is completed and grants the remodeler flexibility in determining the size of the work area, which can reduce the size of the area subject to containment.
In addition, the EPA rule also lists prohibited work practices ― including open-torch burning and using high-heat guns that exceed 1100 F and high-speed equipment such as grinders and sanders unless equipped with a HEPA filter.
Remodelers also now are required to give potential clients who own homes built before 1978 the new EPA pamphlet “Renovate Right” so that they are aware of the new lead paint regulations. The brochure is available on the EPA’s Web site by clicking here, or by calling 800-424-LEAD (5323).
Training firms can apply to EPA for accreditation of their certified renovator courses beginning on April 22. As training courses are approved, EPA will publish the names of approved trainers on its Web site.
NAHB currently is researching a variety of training options for members and will provide regular updates.
For extensive information on the rule, provided by NAHB Remodelers, visit www.nahb.org/leadpaint.
For more information, e-mail Matt Watkins at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8327.