Posted March 28, 2018

EPA clarifies rules on working with lead paint after disasters

Clarifications cover recordkeeping and whole-house rehab work.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided needed clarification to the information it had posted regarding emergency renovations under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule – clarification that NAHB has insisted its members need to get needed repairs completed while staying in compliance with the rule.

After hurricanes devastated parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last fall, NAHB met with EPA to discuss the uncertainty that remodelers and renovators face regarding how the agency planned to implement the emergency repair provisions that the rule includes.

NAHB staff and the leadership of NAHB Remodelers brought their questions to EPA to address these issues. Now, the agency has issued its answers on two points regarding recordkeeping – how to reflect the job was subject to an emergency renovation – and clarifications on what constitutes a “whole-house gut rehabilitation project.”

In each case, EPA provided a new FAQ entry.

“I thank our NAHB Remodeler leaders for their persistence in getting this important information clarified,” said NAHB chairman Randy Noel. “Their efforts have paid off for the entire industry.”

As a result of the new clarification, especially regarding the recordkeeping requirements, renovators impacted by massive disasters need not worry how to record the activities related to those jobs in their files. This is key should their files ever be audited by the agency.