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by Wendy Stackhouse · April 29, 2013

Lead Regulations Costing EPA More Than Expected

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We have written about the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule quite a few times here on the Alliance Blog:

Delay in Implementation of LRRP Rules for Commercial Buildings--Discussion of a possible "opt-out" provision for some properties

The LRRP Rule Saga Continues--Amendments to change testing requirements because reliable tests were not available

EPA Begins Fining Violators of LRRP Rules--Stories in the news about violators beginning to be assessed fines

And one of my very first posts:

EPA’s Lead Renovation Rule Will Be Clearer after Amendments--Where we answered some questions about Certification, Sampling and Containment and started a great discussion

Last week we learned that the EPA is losing far more money than it is taking in trying to enforce the LRRP Rule.

Why?

One reason is the economy. When the Rule was put in place in 2008, there was a lot of construction and renovation going on, but in the Great Recession most of that work stopped abruptly. People were hunkering down and many became upside-down in their mortgages, leaving no equity to use for renovation projects.

The other reason is Certifications. The EPA was expecting to certify almost 300,000 companies and the total is closer to 100,000.

What will they do?

It looks like the EPA will be adjusting the fee schedules to make sure they are covering their costs. Yes, that means that fees--and fines--will go up.

Protecting our children from the catastrophic effects of lead poisoning is important. The Envrionmental Protection Agency is the US government's enforcement arm to enable that protection to be in place. Even though it will cost more, enforcement is a worthy endeavor.

If you need help with lead paint removal or any lead abatement project in California, contact Alliance Environmental Group. Our highly trained and certified technicians will perform any necessary work safely and efficiently, ensuring peace of mind for you, your family and your tenants.

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