AAMA Commends Senators for Letter to EPA

April 26, 2011

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is commending 12 U.S. Senators who collectively sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson questioning the EPA’s efforts to further amend the current Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Regulations.  The April 15 letter questions proposed clearance testing requirements, as well as EPA's analysis of the cost impact of its LRRP rules. 

“We commend the Senators for calling out the inherent flaws in both, the LRRP 'opt-out' amendment and identifying that the regulation, as it stands, continues to impact homeowners as well as installers and the industries that supply products for the home renovation market,” says Richard Walker, AAMA president and CEO.

Previously, AAMA had similarly contacted EPA, questioning the science behind the promulgation of the “opt-out” amendment; the lack of lead test kits with improved false/positive readings; the inability of EPA to properly monitor compliance; and the detrimental impact on the current administration’s focus on job creation and energy-efficient renovations.

In the April 15 letter, the Senators call the proposed clearance testing amendment “a clear violation of Congressional intent under the Toxic Substances Control Act.” They also ask EPA to identify and provide any new scientific data that has been or will be used to justify expansion of the original LRRP and its existing regulations, as well as calling attention to the problems in the proposed amendments to the current LRRP regulations.

The letter was signed by Sen. Lamar Alexdar (R-Tenn.), Sen. Mike Johanns (Neb.), Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.).