The EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPP) Rule Affects You!

I just wanted to pass on a reminder from the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties that the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RPP ) rule will be effective on April 22, 2010.

From the EPA website:

“Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, 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 contamination.”

The EPA RRP Rule covers any work for pay that disturbs 6 square feet or more in the interior or 20 square feet or more of lead based paint on the exterior.  As with most government mandates, consumers should expect increased costs and time associated with any of this work in the future.  “By April 22, 2010, firms must have “Certified Renovators” assigned to jobs where lead-based paint is disturbed.”

In our day-to-day activities, it is important to note that this does apply to Property Owners of Rental Housing.  It also can impact all the associated groups such as Contractors, Homeowners, Tenants, Realtors, Property Management Firms, and Training Providers so it is essential that individuals be aware of the new rules and general requirements.  For more information or questions on the EPA RPP Rule (Renovation, Repair, and Painting), be sure to check out the EPA Website.  You can also find more general information on their site at their Lead Home Page.

This is important information for this region as there are many homes and buildings built prior to 1978 that could potentially contain lead based paint.  EPA fines per violation are $37,500 so it is important not to ignore the potential consequences of not following these new regulations.  The National Association of Realtors Site also has a great Lead Paint Renovation Rule Compliance Guide answering the most frequently asked questions.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808
www.DelawareCountyPennsylvaniaHomes.

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