Inside EPA: Six-Month Delay To Lead Rules
May 26, 2010
Posted by David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov
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Six-Month Delay To Lead Rules
May 25, 2010
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is pushing to attach an amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill that would delay by six months full implementation of EPA's lead paint renovation rule by temporarily curtailing the agency's ability to enforce the rule's requirements against untrained workers.
But a top adviser to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says delaying the rule's requirements will stymie agency efforts to protect children. "We don't think at this point a rider to delay will be helpful to accomplish that goal of protecting children," Peter Grevatt, head of EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection & Environmental Education and a senior adviser to Jackson, said at a May 25 meeting of the National Safe & Healthy Housing Coalition...
But many in the industry -- and supportive lawmakers -- are concerned that the rule is being implemented without adequate available training resources. Some, such as Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), have been pushing for a one-year delay in order to provide more time to certify renovators as required by the rule...
lawmakers raised concerns with EPA and the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) that there would be a lack of certified contractors in certain parts of the country, and in a failed last-minute lobbying push urged OMB to intervene and delay the rule's implementation.