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Questions of the Week

Many(most???) renovators have issues with the RRP Rule. So, we will address a couple of the questions that came up last week. Please note, this is not a comprehensive address of all the issues, but only a start. This can be found on this link. For example:Question: How many homes still contain lead-based paint?Answer: HUD's [...]

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Home-Builder Sentiment in July Grew to the Highest Levels in 5 Years.

Builder confidence climbed 6 points to 35 for newly built, single-family homes. This is the highest level since March 2007. While the trend is moving up, typically a healthy housing market index is above 50. Although the market is not good, it is improving. This is good news in these turbulent times. In addition to [...]

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Introducing the Latest Technology in Lead Poisoning Test Kit

How To Tell If Someone Has Lead Poisoning?The only way to know is to have a blood lead test or oral lead poisoning test. Oral lead poisoning test are correlated to lead blood serum test – in other words you can obtain the same result with either test. Until recently the only accurate way to [...]

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RRP Opt-Out Review Request has been Denied by a Federal Court of Appeals

Request Denied. The National Association of Home Builders and other trade associations petition for review of the "opt-out" provision has been denied. The provision exempted owner-occupied housing from the rule's requirements if the homeowner certified that no pregnant women or young children lived there. As my lawyer wont answer his phone after 9pm (probably my [...]

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Let's Fix the RRP Rule

U.S. Representatives John Sullivan (R-OK) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced legislation, H. R. 5911, to fix the EPA's RRP Rule. The RRP Rule modifications include:The term 'abatement' does not include any renovation, remodeling, or other activity.Reinstate the Opt-Out rules for targeted housing where no children under the age of seven or pregnant women reside.Allow renovators [...]

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What RRP Records Are Required When No Lead Is Found?

Question (23002-15694)If a certified renovator using an EPA-recognized test kit or paint chip sampling determines that the components that will be affected by a renovation are free of lead-based paint, can a firm that does not have RRP certification do the actual renovation work? What record-keeping requirements would apply?Answer:The RRP Rule applies unless you have [...]

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Don't Ignore The EPA's Request For RRP Documentation

If you receive a notification for documents, they are already aware of the projects that you have logged. Simply respond with the inquiry of what project and what details they want. Always continue to respond. Likely, they want documentation for all your projects for a pacified date interval. If you have all the records, simply [...]

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Will the EPA Roll Into Your Town and Crucify Five Contractors?

Alfredo Juan Armendariz, the former regional administrator for the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, indicated the enforcement philosophy of the EPA is to make examples of non-compliant companies in the same way as the Roman Empire crucified the first five people they ran across after conquering a village. The remainder of the population [...]

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Testing Drywall and Plaster Isn't Difficult But It May Not Be Intuitive

Years ago I attended a meeting at the offices of Hybrivet where employees swore that LeadCheck™ could easily detect lead in Drywall and Plaster. I thought the information was a bit dubious at the time as I found it hard to believe that the EPA would leave such an import fact out of their certification.I [...]

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Does Autism Have a Relationship With Lead Poisoning?

I try to read anything and everything I can get my hands on when it comes to lead. Lead sucks. Even Benjamin Franklin was aware of its dangers in 1786. Every once in a while I find a bit of research that sickens me a little more about this cantankerous element number 82(Atomic Number). In [...]

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