The EPA is arguably the most powerful force in Washington. It certainly has and uses more power than Congress to regulate and tax.
In 1992, Congress gave the EPA the power to come up with a program that would keep people susceptible to lead paint poisoning from being affected in construction related activities. Of course, there is nothing to prevent this poulation from injuring themselves.
The target population is children under 6 and women or are or may be pregnant.
First of all, most lead paint that was used in this country has been long since removed - without any regulations in place - or it is so encased in layer upon layer of paint applied after the lead paint usage that it is really a non-issue.
Still, the EPA requires a $300 or so 8-hour course for all contractors (at least one person from each company) and a $300 registration fee for 5 years to do anything that might disturb more than 6 square feet of interior space or 20 square feet on the outside.
This adds several hundred dollars to the cost of any remodeling project.
This rule needs to be eliminated by Congress.
So far NAR has said nothing on this egregious measure. NAHB has only sought - unsuccessfully - to have an opt-in provision reinstated that existed for about 10 weeks between the current rule's effective date in mid-April last year and July1 last year. NAHB has never gone after total repeal. They should. NAR should. 'Nuff said.
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