"EPA Backs Away From Lead Dust Testing Renovation Proposal"

"U.S. EPA announced Friday that it decided against a proposed rule that would have required contractors to test dust to prove the absence of lead following renovations.

The announcement was immediately criticized by public health advocates but applauded by Senate Republicans, who said the requirement -- while well intended -- would have put an undue economic burden on contractors.

At issue is EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP). EPA issued proposed revisions to the rule in May 2010 that included the dust testing requirement. Late Friday, however, EPA said it opted against the provision when it issued its final rule.

'EPA has decided not to promulgate dust wipe testing and clearance requirements as proposed,' EPA said."

Jeremy P. Jacobs reports for Greenwire July 18, 2011.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011