Update: WXII TV’s Bill O’Neil follows up on the issue. One quibble, Bill: We are a specialized window “restoration” company. We restore, repair and weatherize existing windows. Window “replacement” companies are a dime a dozen and worth every penny.
Looking out the window of my 1908 house I can see three of my neighbors’ houses receiving a new exterior paint job. All of them are being undertaken illegally by the companies hired to do the work.
Nearly six months after North Carolina implemented the EPA’s “Repair, Renovate and Paint Rule” (aka RRP), which subjects ALL companies who undertake paint-disturbing work on pre-1978 dwellings* to fines of $750.00 per day, per occurrence, only a small fraction of N.C.’s firms are certified by the state (list here).
Normally I could give a crap about that; but, because my company is in full compliance with the draconian and expensive-to-deploy regulations, we stand to lose a ton of business unless my competition is forced onto a level playing field.
Problem is, there is zero enforcement of the new law. No agency is in the field holding every company’s feet equally to the fire that the fine folks at the EPA stoked to protect us from ourselves. (Note: According to the CDC, incidents of elevated lead levels in children has dropped precipitously over the last 10 years – without this onerous and expensive Rule.)
So here we stand – certified, trained and fully invested in the material and equipment required by these unnecessary rules that have caused us to raise our prices by at least 15% – watching companies undertake work blissfully ignorant that the RRP Rule even exists, with no fear of consequence.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, implementation of this rule couldn’t couldn’t come at a worse time. With the depressed state of construction industry, the last thing the government should be doing is implementing ANY regulations that cause prices to rise so precipitously. But the Rules are here – and my company tried to do the right thing by coming under compliance months ago.
All I have received for following the rules so far is lost business, and more to come.