Contractors Organize March on Washington Regarding Upcoming Lead RegulationsApril 6th, 2010 by Editor
A group of Long Island contractors will march on Washington, D.C., on April 15 to ask legislators “for an immediate postponement and modification” of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations regarding lead. The group supports delaying the April 22 implementation date and keeping in the opt-out clause.
The group is organized by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) New York City and Long Island chapters; however, event organizers say all contractors are invited to join this group to inform Congress of how these regulations “can put you out of business.”
Doug Dervin, president of Double D Contractors Inc. in Hicksville, N.Y., is involved in the planning of this effort and says all efforts by industry, including the industry’s associations, such as NARI and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, has “fallen on deaf ears” making this march vital to getting the voices of the industry heard.
Dervin, like others DWM has spoken to in recent months, says there are still many people in the industry who are unaware of these upcoming regulations.
“I’ve been to three trade shows in the last two weeks and every contractor I talk to who is not a member of NARI knows nothing about this,” he says. “Every homeowner knows nothing. I feel very adamantly that the EPA needs to postpone this so we can educate both contractors and the homeowners.”
Dervin also is adamant that the EPA does not remove the opt-out clause.
“This is targeting the same demographic homes as ENERGY STAR®,” says Dervin. “Older people who live in those homes who want to save on energy bills cannot afford to do this. If no children are living in the home why shouldn’t they be able to opt out?”
In the end Dervin says that if members of Congress and the Senate start talking to the EPA, then it will listen.
“We’d like to have a contractor council get together and show them the costs, etc. It’s way more than the $35 per job that they estimate,” he says.
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