NAHB Remodelers chairman Bill Shaw sent the following to REMODELING today regarding a letter to the editor from Wayne Baruch that we entitled: “Why NAHB, Inhofe Are Wrong About Lead-Paint Rule.”
In response to Wayne Baruch’s letter published in this magazine on June 21, Mr. Baruch does not understand the reasonableness of the opt-out provision that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) supports and I testified to Congress about. Since the regulatory process began, NAHB has been involved in making this workable for remodelers but most importantly crafting a rule that protects children and pregnant women from lead hazards.
The bills NAHB supports, S. 484 and H.R. 2093, would reinstate the opt-out, permit emergency renovations to help families after disasters, and allow remodelers to correct paperwork errors.
The removal of the opt-out provision dismantles everything that the EPA included in its original 2008 RRP rule to ensure that it would not be overly costly to small businesses and inadvertently places home owners and their families at risk of exposure to lead.
As the costs of complying with the rule without an accurate lead test are revealed, homeowners balk at the price and opt to do the work themselves or not at all – both of which increase the chances of lead exposure if lead paint is present.
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