Posts Tagged ‘ LRRP ’

From Grim to Optimistic: The First 7 Months of the 114th Congress

Aug 17th, 2015

While there might be a lot of noise in the political world as 2016 presidential hopefuls kick off their campaigns, the halls of Capitol Hill are eerily quiet. With August recess upon us, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year so far. January-March The View from Here: Grim The 114th Congress convened for […]

New Bill Attempts to Scale Back the LRRP Rule’s Power

May 18th, 2015


Bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule is being applauded by industry associations nationwide. In an effort to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) proposed the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2328)—co-sponsored […]

Same Issues, Different Outlook after WDMA Legislative Conference

Mar 30th, 2015

If the issues on this year’s WDMA Legislative Conference agenda look familiar, that’s because they should. As we all know, the 113th Congress didn’t do much to advance the causes impacting our industry. Or any causes, for that matter. However, this Congress is showing some early signs we might see better results. Granted, I’ve had […]

No More Excuses for Partisan Politics

Nov 17th, 2014

The yard signs have come down, local advertising has gone back to normal and the results are (mostly) in. The midterm elections are behind us and Republicans are declaring victory with eight additional Senate seats (53 of 100) and increased dominance of the house with 12 new seats (244 of 435). No matter which side […]

Provision Prevents Abuse of LRRP Rule

Aug 18th, 2014

According to the EPA, approved test kits for the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule have a failure rate of between 22.5 percent and 84 percent. I think we can all agree that this failure rate is unacceptable and unproductive. The good news is that, in mid-July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve […]

New England Companies Reach Lead Rule Settlements with EPA

Apr 18th, 2014

Several New England-area businesses performing painting and home renovation work have reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to comply with requirements designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint during painting and other renovation activities. The settlements also contain financial penalties which must be paid for alleged violations of EPA’s […]

Lowe’s Reaches Lead Rule Settlement with EPA

Apr 17th, 2014

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its more than 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead […]

Builders Urge Congress to Ease Regulatory Burdens

Mar 15th, 2013

Federal agencies are circumventing the intent and the letter of a law to make the regulatory process more cost effective and less burdensome for small businesses, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress this week. As a result, the regulatory process continues to unnecessarily increase compliance costs and is acting as a drag […]

Builders Tell Congress Inefficient Regulations Harm Housing, the Economy

Jul 20th, 2012

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has told Congress that an unwieldy federal regulatory process is hampering the housing and economic recovery. “Housing serves as a great example of an industry that would benefit from smarter and more sensible regulation,” NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla., told the House Committee […]

House Committee Votes to Stop EPA Lead Rule Enforcement Without Reliable Test Kit

Jun 28th, 2012

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) commended the House Appropriations Committee for again adopting an amendment to the upcoming budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would prohibit the agency from enforcing its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule until it […]