DES PLAINES, IL — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) said it applauds the EPA's decision not to impose lead dust clearance as an addendum to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule.

The LRRP Rule, which went  into effect April 2010, underwent a setback July 12 when the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to halt funding its enforcement until a commercially available lead test kit was approved by the EPA.

In a statement regarding the lead clearance, the agency said, “After carefully weighing all available information and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded it is not necessary to impose new lead-dust sampling and laboratory analysis, known as the clearance requirements, as part of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The Agency believes that the existing lead-safe work practices and clean up requirements — which went into place in 2010 — will protect people from lead dust hazards created during renovations jobs without the need for additional clearance requirements.”

Posted by Karen Koenig

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