BREAKING NEWS -- July 15, 2011 -- The EPA has posted the following announcement regarding the Proposed Lead Clearance Rule:

On July 15, 2011, EPA finalized its Clearance Rule amending the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

The Agency is not imposing additional "clearance" requirements because existing RRP work practices and cleaning protocols effectively reduce lead hazards.

The rule also makes minor amendments to the 2008 RRP Rule. For more information, see a new insert page from EPA, to be added to its 2010 Renovate Right Brochure.

The EPA Statement is as follows:

"After carefully weighing all available science and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded that the current lead-safe work practices and clean up requirements will protect people from lead dust hazards and therefore it is not necessary to impose lead-dust testing or clearance requirements in the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (LRRP).

Nothing in today's action will hamper implementation the tough protections already in place, in fact, the rule clarifies and strengthens the current lead-safe practices. EPA will aggressively enforce the LRRP and continue our extensive education and outreach program to ensure lead-safe work practices and to continue to reduce lead poisonings across the country."

Additional information: 40 CFR Part 745 - Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures.