AAMA Encouraging One Year Delay on Lead Paint Rules

May 10, 2010

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and its members are voicing support for new legislation that would delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Although the new rule took effect on April 22, a new House bill (H.R. 5177) introduced April 29 would postpone implementation until accreditation classes are held for a period of at least one year.

"It is fair and logical that remodeling contractors need time to gain the proper training and certification so that they can comply with these new requirements," says Janice Charletta, AAMA association services director. "The proposed one-year delay also will give the EPA more time to adequately prepare for full implementation and to fully inform U.S. homeowners of the impending requirements."

Pointing to the Home Star bill passed by the House last week, which AAMA supported, Charletta notes, "the intended economic and environmental benefits of these programs could be negated if the LRRP requirements are implemented without delay. The severe economic downturn of the past 24 months has had a tremendous and severe impact on workers in all aspects of the homebuilding and remodeling industry. Adding costs to this segment of U.S. small businesses at this time will prove to be an insurmountable burden."

As of April 22, the EPA had certified 204 training providers, who had conducted more than 6,900 courses, AAMA reports. "Clearly, there is a need for more trainers and a faster certification process to educate the estimated 500,000 home remodeling companies that are waiting to renovate the nation's 76.5 million housing units built before 1980," says Charletta.

To aid in this effort, Architectural Testing, which administers AAMA's InstallationMasters program, is pursuing trainer credentials for the LRRP program. This would make training available to more than 10,000 residential window and door installers already certified through the InstallationMasters program, the organization notes.