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Bipartisan Lead Paint Bill Could Gives Homeowners Right to Opt-out

By John Kirchner June 22, 2012

Anyone who has taken on a remodeling project involving lead-based paint over the past few years knows the expenses quickly pile up in the name of safety. For many homeowners, those expenses have become prohibitive, adding thousands of dollars onto basic projects like window replacements or wall removals.

Luckily, a proposed amendment to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Repair, Renovation and Painting (LRRP) rule has bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and it just might reduce the cost and extensive safety measures that have put a burden on remodelers.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 would allow home owners with no children under age six or pregnant women in the home to forego the more expensive training and safety measures intended to guarantee safety.

An opt-out provision was removed from the LRRP three months after it was passed in 2011.

“We commend Reps. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) for championing this bill that will not only make the EPA’s lead paint rule more workable, but continue to protect pregnant women and small children,” said 2012 NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS, GMR, a remodeler from Elm Grove, La. “This legislation will provide families greater flexibility to decide on their own remodeling activities and give them the peace of mind of knowing sound safeguards remain in place to protect against lead hazards.”

To learn more about the LRRP and proposed amendments, check out this press release from the NAHB.