EPA Seeks Input on Potential Lead Regulations for Commercial
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rulemaking on “Lead:
Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program for Public and Commercial Buildings”
In the notice, the agency requests input on the potential for regulating
the renovation, repair and painting of public and commercial buildings
under section 402(c)(3) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The
agency aims to determine whether lead-based paint hazards are created
by interior renovation, repair and painting projects in public and commercial
buildings. For those renovations in the interiors of public and commercial
buildings that create lead-based paint hazards, EPA will propose regulations
to address these hazards.
The goal of the new rule would be to ensure that persons working in areas
that may be lead-based paint hazards are properly trained, that training
programs are accredited and that contractors performing these activities
are certified. The announcement cites glass and glazing contractors as
among the parties likely to be impacted by the final rule.
New lead-based paint regulations for the residential industry were released
as well, and currently are scheduled to take effect July 6—although legislation
has been introduced to further delay the rule. For several months residential
window manufacturers have spoken out vehemently about updates to the rule
that requires contractors disturbing paint—such as by replacing windows—in
homes built prior to 1978 to be certified. The primary concern is that
renovation firms are no longer able to be exempted from the training and
work practice requirements of the rule by obtaining certification from
the owner of a residence that no child under age six or pregnant woman
resides in the home and the home is not a child-occupied facility. Members
of the industry have objected to the significant costs this expected to
add to window replacement. In addition, the industry has expressed concern
that only a fraction of installers have been made aware of the rule and
For the proposed rule for commercial buildings, EPA is requesting comment
on, among other issues, information and data on the types of buildings
that should be considered “public buildings” or “commercial buildings,”
as it is not defined conclusively in this rule. Earlier regulations had
limited activity to “child-occupied” facilities but the current notice
states:EPA?is looking toward a broader interpretation.
The agency also is aiming to determine whether to continue to rely on
two earlier agency studies, both of which evaluated the amount of leaded
dust generated by activities including window replacement. EPA also requests
comment on the extent to which these two studies should inform its determination,
“especially considering that some of the renovations in the Dust Study
were performed in a school building.”
In addition, EPA asks for information on the prevalence of leaded paint.
“Does the prevalence or lead level differ by building age, component or
type (e.g., interior or exterior; doors and windows, trim or walls; wood
substrate or metal substrate)?”
Comments can be submitted by visiting EPA’s electronic docket and comment
system at www.regulations.gov.
The deadline for comments is July 6.
PPG Issues Update to Sustainability Report
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries issued in April 2010 a 2009 update to
its corporate sustainability report. The update is a supplement to the
full 2008 report, the company’s first, which gives an overview of PPG’s
status and progress throughout the past year on economic, environmental,
safety and social-involvement initiatives.
“The difficult economic conditions of 2009 did not detract from or deter
our efforts toward driving the concepts of sustainability throughout everything
we do at PPG,” says Charles E. Bunch, chairperson and chief executive
The 12-page update is posted online along with the 2008 corporate sustainability
report, and it is self-declared to meet Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
G3 Application Level C requirements. The update reflects new information
for 2009 regarding the company’s business performance, environmental metrics,
safety statistics and information on philanthropic activities. It is designed
to be read in conjunction with the original report.
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