NLBMDA Submits Comments to EPA on Regulatory Reform
Earlier this month, National Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) submitted written comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding evaluation of existing regulations. EPA is seeking comments as part of President Trump's Executive Order (EO) 13777, which directs federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force and make recommendations.
In its comments,
NLBMDA focused on ways to improve EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. Seven years after the rule took effect, EPA has still not approved a lead paint test kit that meets the rule's false positive standard of no more than 10 percent false positives. Moreover, the opt-out provision - allowing homeowners living in pre-1978 homes without a pregnant woman or child under age six to opt-out of the rule's requirements - was removed soon after the rule took effect substantially increasing compliance costs.
NLBMDA supports reinstatement of the opt-out provision. In addition,
NLBMDA addressed issues related to enforcement and contractor recertification.
agrees with the intent of the RRP rule but reforms are needed to ensure safety from lead exposure.