After hurricanes devastated parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico in fall 2017, NAHB staff and the leadership of NAHB Remodelers brought their questions to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the uncertainty that remodelers face regarding the agency's planned implementation of emergency repair provisions in the rule. The agency issued its answers in March 2018 on two points regarding recordkeeping. As a result of the new clarification, remodelers impacted by massive disasters need not worry how to record the activities related to those jobs in their files. Stay informed with additional information on emergency renovations EPA has provided.
A court decision in January 2018 that requires EPA to take another look at its dust-lead hazard standard may result in tighter regulations for contractors who do lead-abatement work if it leads to a stricter standard for clearance testing. Changes may also affect remodelers by increasing the number of homes subject to the RRP Rule.
In the meantime, remodelers are strongly encouraged to maintain EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator certification, follow best practices, and keep records of jobs on homes affected by the rule (those built before 1978).
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