U.S. EPA removes “opt-out” provision from Lead Rules


In a recent SZD Client Alert, we provided information regarding the Lead Renovation, Remodeling and Painting (RRP) Rules promulgated by U.S. EPA, which became effective April 22, 2010. PLEASE NOTE: U.S. EPA has eliminated the "opt-out" provision from the RRP Rules that allowed the owner of a single family home to “waive” the use of lead safe work practices by a renovation firm if no child under six years of age or pregnant women reside in the home.

With the elimination of the “opt-out” provision, the RRP Rules require that anyone who receives compensation for renovation work at single family homes, multi-family housing and child-occupied facilities (such as day care facilities and schools) built before 1978 must use a certified firm or individual to perform this work. Essentially, this now means that anyone other than the owner/occupant of a single family home is subject to the RRP Rules.

For more information on the RRP Rules, please contact Joe Reidy at 614.462.2207, jreidy@szd.com; or Devin Parram at 614.462.1075, dparram@szd.com.

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