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New EPA Regulations On Lead

Renovations, Repairs, & Painting

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest requirements,
contractors who are involved in renovation, repair or painting (RRP) activities that
have the potential to disturb lead and present hazards must attend EPA -accredited
training and apply for certification from the EPA in order to continue to perform these

According to the RRP regulations, any activity conducted in pre-1978 residences
or any pre-1978 child-occupied facility will require this training and certification.
The only way that this mandate would not apply would be if an EPA certified lead
inspector were to conduct a hazard survey and certify the residence or facility to be

The regulations took effect April 22, 2010. Renovations in target (pre-1978)
housing and child-occupied facilities must be conducted by certified renovation
firms, using renovators with accredited training, and following the work practice
requirements of the rule.

There is a potential $32,500 penalty per violation.

For more information, go to: www.epa.gov/region09/lead
or call: (415) 947-4164.