MHI Supports Delay of EPA Renovation and Repair Rule

On March 8, MHI joined the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and a dozen other Washington based trade associations in sending a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Minority members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and the Environment and Public Works Committees requesting a delay in implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP).

According to the rule, on April 22, 2010 all renovation and repair work in pre-1978 homes must be done in accordance with lead-safe work practices supervised by an EPA certified renovator and performed by an EPA certified renovation firm.

The letter to Congress argues that a delay is needed because the EPA has certified less than 10 percent of the estimated number of renovators nationwide. The April 22 deadline will impede job recovery and negatively affect economic stimulus funding designated for housing weatherization and planned efforts for a national residential retrofit program. Click here to view the letter.

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