EPA Targeting Uncertified Firms
To increase lead safety and awareness of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, the Environmental Protection Agency began mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors in target areas, including states that lack an EPA-authorized RRP program and have significant amounts of older housing. According to an email update issued by EPA's Doreen Cantor Paster, the goal is to remind these contractors of their obligation to become certified.
In addition, EPA wants to level the playing field for those contractors who are already certified, officials note. Since the law went into effect in 2010, well over 100,000 firms have been lead-safe certified by EPA, and an additional 20,000 have been certified in 12 states authorized to run their own lead-safe programs. Approximately 450,000 renovators have been trained by accredited training providers in lead-safe work practices, EPA also states.
EPA has specifically targeted uncertified contractors for this mailing and made best efforts to exclude certified contractors. However, a small number of these postcards may inadvertently reach already-certified contractors, officials state. EPA thanks certified firms for attention to this regulation and for efforts to protect both clients and community; if they receive EPA’s postcard, they may disregard it or pass it on to competitors who are not certified.