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EPA Seeks to Expand Lead Paint Rule to Include Commercial and Public Buildings

Posted By Bob Ogle, Monday, January 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing its regulations regarding lead paint in an action that may affect ESA members and other electronic security professionals. Specifically, the EPA is seeking to expand an existing rule that renovation and other work in all residential buildings built before 1978 must be performed by certified lead paint contractors. Under the new rules, that requirement would be expanded to public and commercial buildings.

John Chwat, ESA’s Director of Government Relations, said the EPA is seeking public comments and input before April 1, 2013, particularly from specialty trade contractors, including electrical contractors. Currently, he said, the EPA is defining public buildings as all buildings open to the public or visited by children, including stores, museums, airports, offices, restaurants, hospitals, schools, day care centers and other buildings.

Chwat said ESA is currently networking with other construction trade and industry groups regarding the latest developments. In the past, he said, ESA has worked on this issue with organizations such as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), among others.

He said ESA will work in the coming weeks to determine the appropriate level of response to the EPA’s latest action, and will provide guidance and assistance as necessary to members who wish to comment on the proposal during this information-gathering phase. A specific proposed rule with more detailed information is expected to be ready for public comment in 2015, Chwat said, and perhaps sooner.

ESA will continue to communicate on this important issue to its members, both through Government Insider and other communications channels.

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