AAMA Responds to House Oversight Committee Request

January 18th, 2011 by DWM Magazine

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) responded last week to a request from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking for assistance in “identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively affected job growth in the fenestration industry.”

Following the November 2010 mid-term elections, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was selected to serve as the next Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Following the elections, many committees, including the House Oversight Committee pushed for increased scrutiny of government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In AAMA’s response to Chairman Issa, the implementation of EPA’s amended Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) regulations, which excluded the opt-out provision contained within the original RRP regulations, was discussed. The AAMA response stated that prior to the EPA’s decision to amend the rule, the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy (SBA) issued a notice to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, strongly discouraging the removal of the opt-out provision, which allowed for homeowners residing in pre-1978 constructed homes with no pregnant women or children under the age of six (the at-risk population) to remain exempt from the 2008 LRRP rule. The opt-out provision thus limited the enforcement of the costly EPA ruling to only those pre-1978 built homes with at-risk population residents.

The SBA Office of Advocacy report also found that the EPA “…failed to perform needed outreach and failed to examine seriously several regulatory alternatives that would minimize the small business burdens while achieving the same regulatory goals.”

While the 2010 implementation of the amended LRRP regulations targets residential properties, the new regulations that EPA seeks to implement will affect the renovation, repair and painting of commercial buildings.

“The EPA is considering additional provisions to the LRRP related to commercial buildings,” says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “Considering the mammoth costs associated with the implementation of each new provision, it is suspected that EPA is introducing each proposal separately in order to avoid providing Congress and the OMB with the cumulative cost to small business and homeowners.”

“We are encouraged by Chairman Issa’s readiness to review some of the debilitating rules that have been promulgated without the benefit of industry input, and we are hopeful that these reviews will provoke an investigation into EPA’s authority and handling of the LRRP amendments,” Walker adds.

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