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EPA Certification date is here

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule is widely considered a “game changer” for the residential remodeling industry. The rule takes effect April 22, 2010. On or before that date, any company working in a home or child-occupied facility built prior to 1978 must pay to be registered with EPA as a renovation firm. In addition, at least one employee from that company must receive eight hours of training from an EPA-accredited provider, and then pass a test, in order to be a Certified Renovator (CR). A CR will assume responsibility for on-site job supervision, training of other employees, and overseeing work practices, cleaning, and cleaning verification of all work in pre-1978 properties. The rules apply, with some exceptions, to interior work that disturbs 6 square feet or less of lead-painted surfaces, and 20 square feet or less for exterior surfaces. Consequences for not complying with the RRP can include penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, per day. In addition, EPA may suspend, revoke, or modify a company’s certification.


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