House and Senate Introduce Legislation to Delay EPA Lead RuleMay 6th, 2010 by Editor
Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stood firm on its decision not to delay the April 22 implementation date of the Lead; Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program, legislation has now been introduced in the House and Senate that could delay the rule for at least one year until more contractors are trained.
H.R.5177, introduced on April 29 by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R – Mont.), has four co-sponsors, and would “delay the implementation of certain final rules of the Environmental Protection Agency in States until accreditation classes are held in the States for a period of at least one year.”
According to the legislation, the EPA Administrator shall– –
(1) monitor each State to determine when classes described in subsection (a) are offered in the State; and
(2) provide to each Member of Congress representing the State a notification describing–
(A) the location and time of each such class held in the State; and
(B) the date on which the classes have been held for the 1-year period described in subsection (a).
The House bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The Senate version of the bill, S.3296, was introduced on May 4 by Sen. James Inhofe (R – Okla.) and has 26 co-sponsors. It was referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Industry associations, including the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) supports delaying the rule.
“AAMA continues to support a delay to the LRRP, allowing the EPA to adequately prepare for full implementation, to provide sufficient training to certify remodeling companies, and to fully inform U.S. homeowners and small business renovators of the impending requirements,” says Richard Walker, AAMA president. “Furthermore, we urge the EPA to revisit their cost of implementation analysis and the potential to negatively impact the intended economic and environmental benefits of programs like HOMESTAR.”
In related news, the EPA final rule was filed with the Federal Register on May 6, thus is scheduled to go into effect on July 6.