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Will EPA RRP Regulations Be Eased For Residential Contractors?

  
  
  
  

Yesterday the OBAMA administration announced that they are going to look at easing cumbersome regulations to make it easier for small businesses.

Will the administration do anything about the EPA RRP Lead Law?

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The EPA has admitted that they have no ability or resources to enforce this law. In Florida, the EPA met with state officials early this week and said they would like the State of Florida to take over the administration and enforcement of the law. The EPA said they only have a handful of employees to enforce the southeastern region of the United States. The EPA needs and wants states to take over the EPA RRP Law. In EPA Authorized states where this has occurred there is more enforcement activity taking place.

This lack of regulatory capacity should qualify for action to ease the regulation. Many contractors would like to see it repealed completely. At a minimum, it would be great to see it pulled back, re-worked with input from our industry and then redeployed. The intent of RRP makes sense however the cumbersome rule is wreaking havoc on the residential construction industry. The illegal contracting community is exploding stealing jobs from the market. The good guys are reporting they spent thousands to be compliant yet they see thousands of jobs being done with no RRP practices. Consumers have little knowledge of the program and balk at paying the added costs.

From the OBAMA administration yesterday;  

"This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth," Obama wrote.

"And it orders a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive."

See Shawn McCadden's article for more.......

Is The RRP Rule “Outdated And Harmful To The Economy”?

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Comments

yobama is most likely siting on a republicans knee and being told the truth about the real world and how it should work thank god it is about time for america sake
Posted @ Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:52 AM by paul k
You should research this legislation before making silly comments about the President of the United States. He is not responsible for writing laws or regulations. You disagree with him or his approach yet the alternative would have been to elect John McCain. The same candidate that denied the economy or the monetary system was ready to collapse. So, why not get off your racist behind and read a book or do some research before you begin spewing ill-thought out ideas.
Posted @ Friday, June 24, 2011 3:42 PM by Davey
try google up obama lead paint 2006 you will find that he was the one to push this law and it is far from a racist check your facts before you speak
Posted @ Friday, June 24, 2011 4:09 PM by paul k
President Obama was instrumental in pushing this law through. It has nothing to do with racism. It has everything to do with a well intended regulation that has failed to do what it was intended to do because the EPA is sitting on their behind not enforcing. 
Responsible contractors who have paid to become certified and follow the law are seeking a level playing field. The unfunded mandate regulation is not enforced and this has lead to an explosion in the underground economy. Consumers have no clue about the law, do not want to pay the guy who does the right thing and also do projects without pulling permits to stay under the radar. President Obama put Ms. Jackson in charge and she has done nothing of significance to ensure success of the regulation.  
If you want to get into the MCCain thing let me ask you something... are you better off today than you were three years ago? Most people are not especially anyone in construction and real estate. The policies of this administration have failed these sectors and they are at the helm now. This has nothing to do with race just the failed policies of an administration where the top CEO just happens to be African American. This failure of enforcing this regulation will cause more lead poisoning cases as consumers hire cheap illegally operating contractors, do their own demolition and chose to do work without permits. Now we face another unfunded mandate that OMB says will cost over 300 million dollars. Sounds to me that the EPA and President Obama's director are out of touch with reality.  
There is only one thing that matters right now; even across the board enforcement measured by results. EPA should be going after contractors who are not certified first, including illegal immigrants, off duty fireman and teachers working on the side for cash, any contractor who has chosen to ignore the regulation and homeowners who hire them. 
I speak on behalf of the guys and gals who have certified even if they disagree with the law in these challenging economic times.
Posted @ Saturday, June 25, 2011 5:14 PM by mark the coach
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