So many average folks have not heard about the EPA‘s newest “Old House Decimation Act,” also known as EPA RRP. According to this legislation (which went into effect Spring 2010), if you’re disturbing more than six square feet of wall area (inside or out) in a pre-1978 house, you have to assume the house is heavy laden with lead paint, and you must engage in all sorts of inane and insane abatement procedures, including (but not limited to), tyvek suits, respirators, crime-scene tape and yellow warning signs posted at the corners of the property, warning all your neighbors that your house is now eligible to become a super-fund site. (As this author writes, “The EPA just declared war on contractors, remodelers and homeowners…”)
Households without children (such as my own) had the option of “opting out” but this provision was removed in July 2010. Now, all must comply. Homeowners doing their own repairs are excepted, but that’s it. There are no other exceptions.
This surely is one of the most egregious pieces of anti-business, anti-homeowner legislation to come down the proverbial pike in a long, long time. One teeny tiny example of the insanity: For exterior work, contractors are required to put six-mil plastic out 10 feet from the work site (for the first floor), plus four feet for every additional story. This means that the guy painting your house will set up his 24′ ladder atop six-mil plastic, which is a violation of OSHA laws, but hey, OSHA’s fines are smaller than EPA’s, so you should probably break OSHA laws (given the choice).
Recently, I got a sneak peak of the 2012 revisions to the EPA Lead Law. Everyone should be aware of this new legislation. It’s quoted below.
Effective July 1, 2012, EPA’s new “Biome Protection Act” adds an additional layer of protection to delicate ecosystems in our communities, including any and all surrounding wildlife potentially impacted by the adverse health effects of lead paint.
Any and all “at-risk” wildlife at the work site (including but not limited to insects that fly, crawl, creep and wiggle), must be humanely captured (in EPA approved containment vessels), tagged, and be outfitted with size-appropriate half-mask respirators with a HEPA filter, TYVEK suits and steel-toed shoes and then released.
Upon completion of construction project[s], impacted wildlife must be recaptured and all articles of protective gear removed. To insure the safety of said animals, blood samples must be obtained and then submitted to the EPA for review.
If elevated lead levels are found in surrounding wildlife, contractors will be held liable, and subject to fines not to exceed $12 billion.
Below is a picture of a contractor who just learned of the newest EPA legislation:
And only here, a new promotional campaign from EPA:
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