EPA Finds Lead-Based Paint Rule Lacks Implementation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have an effective strategy to implement and enforce the lead-based paint rule, an internal audit from the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined in a report released Monday.

The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule was issued in 2008 with the goal of protecting the public, especially children, from lead-based paint hazards occurring during repair or remodeling activities, such as window replacement, in homes and facilities built before 1978.

The report cited several reasons why the EPA has been ineffective in implementing the RRP:

  • The EPA does not have sufficient controls to assess effectiveness and progress.
  • Program staff innovations are not being shared.
  • Program guidance does not sufficiently define RRP program objectives, goals and measurable outcomes to track progress and determine accountability.
  • There is insufficient coordination and communication between the two EPA program offices: The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

The report was submitted to officials for the OCSPP and OECA with six recommendations to improve on the inefficiencies mentioned above. Recommendations included identifying the regulated universe for the RRP program, updating current program guidance, establishing management oversight controls as well as objectives, goals and measurable outcomes, and establishing a forum to share best practices and innovations.

Both offices responded to the OIG saying they believe “each recommendation identified below has been completed, thereby leaving no additional corrective actions necessary.”

After outlining how each action had been resolved, the OIG found that four out of the six corrective actions proposed did not meet the intent of the recommendation and therefore were not resolved. So far, only two recommendations met OIG intention standards and were considered resolved with corrective actions pending.

To read the full report CLICK HERE.

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4 Responses to EPA Finds Lead-Based Paint Rule Lacks Implementation

  1. Fredy Burgos says:

    Good. Federal bureaucracy out of the way is best for ordinary Americans.

  2. Speaking as a water damage restoration expert in the field, one of the biggest issues with RRP isn’t any of the things listed in this article. The BIGGEST issue is this “rule” simply doesn’t make any sense. Containment/ plastic sheeting with no negative air required? Really? Wiping an area down after “abatement” and comparing results of a cleaning towel to a laminated sheet of paper with an example of “acceptable” ranges? Really? Frankly. introducing these ideas and lack of ability to scientifically prove results into a realm where science and fact are becoming more and more prevalent in proving our results to insurance adjusters is ludacris at best and actually very child-like in nature. Seriously, walk up to a homeowner who has very legitimate concerns about exposing their child(ren) to lead and telling that concerned parent, “No need to worry ma’am….I did a thorough wipe of the area after we “abated” it and the towel “looks” clean enough. I’m sure it’ll be fine” And please, don’t get me started on the “pricing” that the RRP rule gives us as examples. You don’t get something great for 30 to 50 bucks, or however much was written as an example in this thing. Talk to people who ACTUALLY do the work instead of someone who sits behind a desk for REAL insight into this half-baked idea

  3. Jay says:

    The lead paint rule is a joke. Then they expect us contractors to pay $600 to renew that license.

  4. Joe Gentle says:

    If the government is going to invest in EPA lead based paint protection, the best protection is prevention. Let’s identify all the older homes with lead and replace their windows.
    The money invested in this program ultimately will save the government money and will insure getting rid of all the lead risk. We can do the siding as well. A renovation program at this magnitude will create jobs and ensure the money is recycled amongst local certified contractors instead of wasting it in other areas.
    It’s a win, win. Keeping people safe and creating jobs.

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