My one year anniversary with Alliance Environmental Group passed over the weekend and my calendar is telling me it is a good day for a lead regulation blog. My very first blog was about LRRP rules, too!
Lack of a reliable lead test mandated by the LRRP rule is preventing full enforcement.
Tests which are currently available sometimes have a false positive rate as high as 60%, causing huge unnecessary expense, or worse, risk to homeowners who try to clean up the lead contamination themselves or use uncertified contractors to do so.
Tests mandated by the rule must have a false positive rate no higher than 10% and a false negative rate no higher than 5%, but these tests have not yet been developed successfully.
The LRRP rule is being amended to eliminate this mandate.
A reliable test would increase all of our confidence in the health of our homes and office buildings, so we hope that it will be available soon, mandate or no.
I didn't know much about lead poisoning when I started blogging for Alliance, but I have learned a lot and I hope you have as well.
We received some questions after that first blog about lead testing kits and the certifications required of inspectors in California. Read the answers here!
We celebrated National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and will do so again this year!
We also explored the CDC's new lower lead poisoning threshold and what it means to homeowners, contractors and parents.
We covered the EPA's first fines for violators of the new rules and there have been more fines since. A landlord in Brooklyn, NY was fined $20,000 for failing to provide an EPA lead information pamphlet to new tenants of any building built before 1978. Even larger fines have been levied on landlords in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Illinois.
Some contractors feel that the have lost work to uncertified contractors due to following the EPA rules making projects cost more for building owners, and we are certain that those situations have arisen. However, the perils of lead poisoning are very real and very dire. We support protecting homeowners, tenants and workers from the dangers of lead and lead dust.
If you need lead paint removal services in California, to protect yourself, your family or your tenants, please contact Alliance Environmental Group. Our teams are fully certified to perform all work within EPA guidelines for safe work practices and ensure your peace of mind now and in the future that anyone who comes into contact with your building is safe from lead poisoning.
There has been a lot of news on the LRRP rules in the past year and we expect there to be more in the year coming and we will be here to keep you up to date!
Wendy Stackhouse has been the Online Community Manager and Blogger for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions since September 28, 2011. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!