It was one year ago on April 22, 2010, that the RRP Rule officially went into effect. Under the rule, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead-paint contamination.
After 365 days, we thought we'd look back at what has transpired in the last year.
April 22, 2010 - The RRP Rule officially goes into effect.
April 23, 2010 -- EPA issues a statement of additional actions on the RRP rule as a result of a lawsuit settlement. The lawsuit was brought by a handful of special interest groups (i.e. Sierra Club):
- Elimination of the opt-out provision
- Revision on Clearance Testing (comments until August 6, rule finalization July 2011.)
- Expansion of RRP to all public and commercial buildings (final ruling out Dec. 2011; final action July, 2013) See our article published February, 8, 2011)
May 6, 2010 - The elimination of the Opt-Out Provision Ruling is officially entered in the Federal Register and will take effect in July, 2010. This provision applied to owners who did not have small children in their home or facility. Under the "opt-out" provision, homeowners could sign a statement to "opt-out" of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting work practice requirements if: 1) The owner resides in the home; 2) No child under 6 years old lives there; 3) No pregnant woman lives there; 4) No child-occupied facility is on the property, and 5) the owner signs a "Pre-Renovation" forms with the "Opt Out" Acknowledgment.
June 18, 2010 - The EPA provides an extension for firms and workers to obtain training and certification amidst complaints of inadequate training resources.
July 2, 2010 - EPA extends its comment period re: Lead Clearance rule revisions announced per lawsuit settlement until August 6.
July 6, 2010 - The rule eliminating the opt-out provision becomes effective.
July, 2010 - Lawsuit against the EPA is initiated by NAHB, Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Asssociation, Window and Door Manufacturers Association, an National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Assoc. regarding elimination of the opt-out provision.
August 6, 2010 - End of comment period re: revisions in the Lead Clearance rule revision.
August 31, 2010 - the US EPA recognized the D-Lead® Paint Test Kit for use on Plaster, Drywall, Wood and Ferrous Metal surfaces.
December 13, 2010 - ForRenovationPros.com debuts, dedicated to conveying information about the EPA RRP Rule to contractors and renovators.
December 31, 2010 - Deadline to have Lead-Safe certification.
March 16, 2011 - Washington becomes the 11th state to become authorized to administer its own RRP program. (Wisconsin became the first state to administer and enforce its own RRP program in October, 2009. Other states have followed throughout the year. Currently the following states have been authorized by EPA: Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.)
March 20, 2011 - Deadline for public comment to the EPA regarding "burdensome regulations" of RRP.
April 21, 2011 -- EPA has accredited 526 training providers who have conducted more than 30,090 courses, training an estimated 637,400 people in the construction and remodeling industries to use lead-safe work practices.