Builders to sue EPA over lead-paint rule

Change would add to cost of work, builders say

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for removing an "opt-out" provision in its lead paint regulations, NAHB announced Thursday.

In April 2008, the EPA issued the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which required "lead-safe" work practices in homes built before 1978 — the year the federal fovernment officially banned lead paint.