SCHAUMBURG, IL - The American Architectural Manufacturers Assn. and its members continue voicing their support to delay implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP).

Although the new rule took effect on April 22, government leaders are reviewing legislation introduced on April 29 that would postpone implementation until accreditation classes are held for a period of at least one year.

"It is fair and logical that remodeling contractors need time to gain the proper training and certification so that they can comply with these new requirements," said Janice Charletta, AAMA association services director. "The proposed one-year delay also will give the EPA more time to adequately prepare for full implementation and to fully inform U.S. homeowners of the impending requirements."

"Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives took a significant step in passing the Home Star program. The intended economic and environmental benefits of these programs could be negated if the LRRP requirements are implemented without delay," Charletta said. "The severe economic downturn of the past 24 months has had a tremendous and severe impact on workers in all aspects of the homebuilding and remodeling industry. Adding costs to this segment of U.S. small businesses at this time will prove to be an insurmountable burden."

According to a field study recently conducted by Architectural Testing Inc., the nation's leader in window installation training, the costs of implementing the LRRP rules was estimated to be $121.50 per window. Failure to comply could result in fines of $37,500 per violation, per day.

Read the AMMA's press release.

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