My business is profoundly affected by the EPA’s Repair, Renovation and Paint Rule, and so are you.
Never heard of it, you say? Oh, you will.
Starting January 1st of this year, here is what is going on:
“Under the North Carolina Rules (PDF), beginning January 1, 2010, dust sampling technicians, firms, and individuals performing renovation, repair and painting projects for compensation that disturb lead-based paint in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Child-occupied facilities include, but are not limited to, child care facilities and schools with children under the age of 6 years of age that are built before 1978″
So, anyone who undertakes repair, renovation or paint work for pay – even your uncle Joe or the neighborhood kid down the street – must pay the state $300.00 and become a Lead Certified Firm. In addition, your uncle Joe, must have paid an additional $200 (+/_) for an 8 hour training course to become Certified Lead Renovator.
If a company or individual you hire for even basic maintenance is not on this list, and they undertake renovations covered by the rule, they are breaking the law and are subject to fines of up to $32,000 per day for non-compliance.
My company is on the list and we have certified personnel on staff. Unfortunately our prices have gone up due to the extra time and costs required to comply with the new regulations.
My prediction is that once the public finally figures out how much these regulations are going to cost them, there will be a tremendous outcry.
“I became a EPA certified contractor today.
I must say that nothing since I started a contracting business have I run into that has been what I feel is a deadly hammer blow to the ability of a contractor to run a profitable business as this new RRP rules.
After sitting through 8 hours of this and listening to the questions and answers and asking some very specific ones myself, I personally believe that no legitimate contractor will be able to be 100% compliant to these new rules and regulations, AND remain a viable business.
In my opinion – on April 22, the EPA will essentiall turn every single person in the home improvement field into a criminal no matter how well intentioned an individual is to comply with these regulations.
After taking the certification I am personally appalled that this legislation was allowed to get to where it is.”
There is a movement afoot to delay the implementation of the RRP Rule to help contractors avoid obscene fines for non-compliance of a law that most of them have never heard of. American Public Media’s “Marketplace” recently aired a segment on the issue.