US Small Business Administration Applauds EPA Decision

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2011 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision not to impose new lead dust-sampling and laboratory analysis requirements as part of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule. EPA determined that adding this procedure on top of already strict mandatory requirements was unnecessary.

Advocacy further supports EPA’s decision to clarify the “vertical containment” requirement, which requires renovators to take special precautions to contain lead paint dust from contaminating nearby properties.

EPA showed great flexibility in permitting equivalent procedures to potentially costly or unsafe vertical containment requirements, which would have required scaffolding surrounded by plastic sheathing to contain the lead dust.

Allowing renovators to use equivalent procedures will result in over $100 million in annual cost savings for small firms.