WDDA Looks to Address Additional EPA Testing Requirements

June 8, 2010

The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is urging dealers to help it oppose clearance testing requirements that could be added to the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint regulations that went into effect in April. A proposed rule would require contractors working on jobs where lead safe work practices are mandated to achieve certain clearance levels before concluding the renovation work.

According to a WDDA statement of principles, contractors would be required to hire (or have as a member of staff) an EPA certified inspector, certified dust sampling technician, and/or certified risk assessor. This person would collect dust samples to be sent to an EPA-accredited lab to a conduct lead-based paint dust clearance test after the contractor has completed “cleaning verification.”

WDDA notes that by EPA’s own estimate, contractors may incur a minimum cost of $250 for testing lab fees, but industry costs could exceed that amount significantly.  As a result, WDDA plans to ask EPA to strike the proposal altogether, or seek a delay in the proposed comment period by some 90 days to gather hard and soft cost estimates.

"This is a very important issue that we, as an alliance, must address in a unified fashion," says David Walker, VP of association services for WDDA. Currently, the group is encouraging window and door dealers to fill out an online survey so it can collect more information to provide EPA. 

WDDA has also drafted a letter for dealers to use in submitting their own letters to EPA, Walker notes. It is designed to be supplemented with anecdotal information from individual dealers and printed on company letterhead.  He urges dealers to send a copy of their letters to WDDA so that they can be hand delivered when WDDA meets with the EPA.

Dealers that would like to have their letters included are asked to submit them by June 21.  Letters can be emailed to dwalker@glass.org or mailed to David Walker, Window & Door Dealers Alliance, 8200 Greensboro Drive, Ste. 302, McLean, VA 22102.