Illegal contractors are thanking the EPA all the way to the bank. The recent EPA RRP Lead Law has given illegal contractors a huge pricing advantage over legally operating contractors. Illegal contractors (see story below) are using this advantage and in some cases telling homeowners they can save lots of money if they do not follow the the requirements on RRP jobs. Homeowners eager to cut costs are lining up all over America seeking contractors who do not follow the practices. In order to stay under the radar homeowners and contractors agree to not pull permits on these jobs.
Building Permits used for enforcement
In Massachusetts recent RRP enforcement actions occured when an RRP enforcement officer went to a local building department and obtained a list of 25 jobs from the permit log. Then the officer went out into the field and starting enforcing. Obviously if a contractor wanted to avoid capture the easiet thing to do would be to not pull the permit. All you have to do is tell the homeowner they will save hundreds or thousands of dollars if you do not pull the permit and do not use RRP practices.
Many legally operating contractors chosing to follow the rule report losing numerous projects to non compliant contractors. They also report many cash strapped homeowners from all regions could care less about this law or do not even know about it. (See Wall Street Journal Article)
Some legally operating contractors are deciding to not work on pre 1978 homes due to the added costs and risks associated with RRP work. These companies are sick and tired of going up against the growing illegal contractor population.
Contractor Wins The Lottery
In a recent article from the Wall Street Journal (see comments) a contractor doing 3 MILLION per year bragged about the success he is having not complying with the EPA RRP Lead Law......
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