The lead-based paint regulations that came down about a year or so ago really are ridiculous, but what would you expect coming from the EPA? I would bet that at 80-90% of the work sites in the Twin Cities that an inspector or regulator could find something wrong with the way the contractors are doing their work and fine them $37,000 per incident, per time, per day. All the while, no ones lives are being made safer given the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule.
According to the BATC blog, Plumb. Level, & Square, there is an effort by the U.S. Senate to revise some of the rules that they have implemented. It’s nice to see that someone has some common sense. Senator Inhofe (R-Okla) doesn’t go far enough in my opinion, but it’s a move in the right direction from the extreme nature of the rules. The proposed bill is called, Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S. 2148).
I remember reading the EPA documents and arguments why they needed to do this. One of the things they said was it would add only $27 of costs to the average remodeling or painting project. Contractors I’ve talked with say put two more zeros on there and it might be more accurate.
If you own home built before 1978, expect to pay significantly more for your remodeling work because of the lead-based paint rules.
- How Do New Lead Laws Affect Your Bottom Line? (openforum.com)
- The Realities of Real Estate: Ruling on lead paint law rocks the rental market (newdayunderwriting.wordpress.com)
- Officials Work To Strengthen Lead Paint Regulations (baltimore.cbslocal.com)