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Builders to sue EPA over lead-paint rule

Change would add to cost of work, builders say
Published on Jul 12, 2010

The National Association of Home Builders will sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for removing an "opt-out" provision in its lead paint regulations, the group announced. In April 2008, the EPA issued a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which required "lead-safe" work practices in homes built before 1978 -- the year the federal government officially banned lead paint. A provision to the rule had allowed owner-occupants of such homes to have their contractors forgo certain work practices required by the rule if they certified there were no children under 6 or pregnant women in the home. The EPA removed that provision in April and the amended rule went into effect July 6. "Removing the opt-out provision more than doubles the number of homes subject to the regulation," said Bob Jones, NAHB chairman, in a statement. "About 79 million homes are affected, even though (the) EPA estimates that only 38 million homes contain ...

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