Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The DC Mind, Part 133,333: DEFEATED!!

Well, it's a small victory, but it's a victory.

Objections on Capitol Hill and elsewhere to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed dust-wipe testing rule seem to have had their intended effect: by the end of last week, the EPA had announced it had rejected the new regulation, which would have added third-party clearance testing to the agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP).

Industry groups such as the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry objected to the proposed rule, mainly on the grounds that mandatory lead-dust testing would increase the cost of renovations on homes covered by RRP regulations, which apply to remodels of homes built before 1978. On Capitol Hill, Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, led complaints about the rule by claiming it would encourage homeowners to hire uncertified contractors, thereby dodging the regulations and putting building occupants at risk.

EPA rescinded the rule

But not to worry:  the cost of the "lead-paint remediation" process will be significant (and largely wasted money).

On an anonymous tip!

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