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New EPA Rules Could Stifle Remodeling Contractors
US Government Environmental Protection Admin ^ | 12/22/2008 | self

Posted on 12/23/2008 8:47:25 AM PST by o_zarkman44

Most homeowners and remodeling contractors are probably unaware that the US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has new requirements for any remodeling contractor working in a pre-1978 structure. The link provided will send you to a copy of the new EPA brochure currently mandated by law, to be handed out by remodeling contractors to prospective clients including schools, daycare, rental property owners, and homeowners.

A copy of the EPA Brochure is required BY LAW effective Dec22, 2008 (Yesterday) to be provided by the prospective contractor all prospective remodeling clients.

(excerpt)You have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family, tenants, or children in your care. This means properly preparing for the renovation and keeping persons out of the work area (see p. 8). It also means ensuring the contractor uses lead-safe work practices. Beginning April 2010, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Until contractors are required to be certified, make sure your contractor can explain clearly the details of the job and how the contractor will minimize lead hazards during the work. n Ask if the contractor is trained to perform lead-safe work practices and to see a copy of their training certificate. n Ask them what lead-safe methods they will use to set up and perform the job in your home, child care facility or school. n Ask if the contractor is aware of the lead renovation rules. For example, contractors are required to provide you with a copy of this pamphlet before beginning work. A sample pre-renovation disclosure form is provided at the back of this pamphlet. Contractors may use this form to make documentation of compliance easier. n Ask for references from at least three recent jobs involving homes built before 1978, and speak to each personally.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: construction; epa; lead; remodeling
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To: o_zarkman44

“You may think you are immune.”

Dude, I’m a Mechanical Contractor. I’ve had to comply with so many EPA HVAC requirements, certifications, additional education (at a cost) in addition to your normal hourly State requirements in the last 25 years, the list is too long to type.

They change coolants and disposal requirements faster than...

I didn’t think my original post implied that “I felt immuned”.

21 posted on 12/23/2008 11:21:37 AM PST by poobear (a 2-iron is best for killing Cottonmouths, Copperheads, and Water Moccasins...)
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To: poobear

I guess you know about new EPA indoor air proposals then.

It’s all about protecting the children.......!! /sarc

22 posted on 12/23/2008 11:25:16 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (Since when is paying more, but getting less, considered Patriotic?)
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To: o_zarkman44
Yes, I do.

It costs my Commercial Property Owners but in the end they feel up to date and UP TO CODE!

We are Commercial (CMC) not Residential (CAC). CMC licenses are a bit harder to come by and maintain but you absolutely HAVE to keep up with EPA requirements.

If I'm licensed to build a nuclear power plant you can be sure I'm up on EPA requirements.

23 posted on 12/23/2008 11:47:12 AM PST by poobear (a 2-iron is best for killing Cottonmouths, Copperheads, and Water Moccasins...)
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To: hoosierham
Where, within our Constitution, did We The People delegate such power(s) to the federal government?
Yes, they continue to hide each of their expansive growth of power, confiscation of our wealth and immense size under the canopy of “general welfare”, but this has to stop.
The anointed powers given to such agencies (EPA) come with such a layered system of accountability, they instantly become Lords of the nation without restraint.
Where are the pitchforks and buckets of tar? This madness has to stop.
24 posted on 12/23/2008 2:47:48 PM PST by benasawin
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To: Balding_Eagle
The nanny state strikes again ... and again, and again, and again.
Return the powers to the state (the people) and I'll select the state with the rules/regs I choose to live under. Not going to happen but I can dream can't I?
Leave national security to the feds and refer all else to the Constitution/BORs.
25 posted on 12/23/2008 2:57:07 PM PST by benasawin
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To: sit-rep
It is a big deal.
More intrusiveness by the nanny state. Inch by inch. Little by little.
It has to stop.
Can't continue to masquerade these incremental loses of liberty and unConstitutional intrusions into our private lives under the guise of “safety”.
Give me freedom. I'll take care of my own safety.
26 posted on 12/23/2008 3:01:26 PM PST by benasawin
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To: Gritty

I live in an area that would be totally without any housing or any commercial buildings if older buildings were forbidden to be bought/sold.

I heard a story a few years ago about some California buyers and a local home built circa-1920. They hired an inspector who saw lathe & plaster construction, called it asbestos and killed the sale. It is presently, IIRC, being rented.

The towns around here are full of Victorian homes that once sold for $40k (1970s) and today go for $250k.

In my township, we still don’t have building permits and most renovations are done by the owner.

Hopefully, by the time this crap reaches us and we are forced to sell due to age, the land price will compensate for the building losses. What will they do about resident bats and mice, I wonder? There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about them, but it is impossible to not have them in the country.

Maybe the bureaucracy will just collapse under its own weight by then.

27 posted on 12/23/2008 3:23:20 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: o_zarkman44

The idiocy is staggering. I’m still scratching my head over where in the Constitution it gives the FedGov power to even run an agency like the EPA.

28 posted on 12/23/2008 3:31:13 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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