EPA Delays Lead Paint Certification Rule

July 1, 2010

On June 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide renovation firms and contractors additional time to obtain the requisite training and certifications to comply with the new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. Until October 1, the EPA will not fine workers for lacking certification if they have applied to enroll or are enrolled in a class by September 30 and complete the training by December 31. This is largely a response to the Senate voting, May 27, to delay those certification requirements with an NAR-supported amendment to a supplemental spending bill (H.R. 4899). While delaying enforcement of the same requirements, the Agency wrote that it will continue to enforce the rule's other requirements pertaining to lead-safe work practices.

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