3 March 2012
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) commended Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for introducing legislation to reform EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to reduce the burdens of the rule on the home remodeling and retrofit market, while maintaining protections for pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. Inhofe, the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced S.2148, the "Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments of 2012," along with Sens. David Vitter (R-LA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mike Enzi (R-WY). NLBMDA has been promoting the legislation for several months.
The LRRP rule requires renovation work in pre-1978 homes to follow rigorous and costly work practices supervised by an EPA-certified renovator.
Among its key provisions, S. 2148 would restore the "opt-out" clause, suspend the LRRP if EPA cannot approve a commercially available test kit that meet the regulation's requirements, and provide a de minimus exemption for first-time paperwork violations.
NLBMDA will be making S.2148 one of the priority issues for its Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference next week in Washington.