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EPA Ignores Industry Concerns on Lead Paint Rules
Opt-out provision removed from final regulations


Washington, DC  (April 23, 2010) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rules went into effect yesterday without the all-important “opt-out” provision demanded by the window and door industry. 

Preservation of the opt-out provision in the final LRRP rule was a priority of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA), a new association representing the interests of retail, wholesale and installing dealers of new and replacement residential windows, doors, skylights and related building products. 

A four-member delegation from the WDDA’s Advisory Committee met with officials in the White House’s Office of Management & Budget (OMB) on March 17 to explain their concerns with the lead paint regulations and to underscore the importance of retaining the opt-out provision, which would offer an exemption for homes where no children under six years of age are in residence.  The provision would have allowed the vast majority of renovation customers the choice to avoid unnecessary and significant costs that will not protect them from any real danger.

WDDA representatives were interviewed frequently by the broadcast and print media, and played a key role in building a unified front among several industry groups to fight the most egregious elements of EPA’s proposal.

“This is a big disappointment for our industry and for our customers,” Dave Steele, President of the Window Gallery in Augusta, GA.  “Nobody is more concerned about the safety of our customers and our employees than the members of the WDDA, so we take the EPA’s new regulations very seriously.  That said, the cost of compliance with the new rules is considerable, so customers who face negligible risk should have had the right to decide whether the added expense was worth it to them.”

EPA’s LRRP regulation requires use of lead-safe practices for all renovation, repair and painting projects that may disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.  Contractors doing the work must be certified by EPA. Violators can be fined up to $37,500 per day.

“Not only did the EPA rush this rule into effect without adequate notice, but they compounded the problem by deleting the opt-out provision,” said David Walker, Vice President of the WDDA. “EPA’s due diligence on this action was shoddy at best, and you can be sure there will be severe short- and long-term implementation problems as a result.”

For more information from the EPA, read the Final Rule and the related news release. For more information on the WDDA and the EPA’s lead paint rule, visit www.wddalliance.org.

About WDDA
The Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA) is the only business organization advancing the vital interests of independent window and door dealers. The primary mission of the WDDA is to represent the interests of retail, wholesale, and dealers of new and replacement windows, doors, skylights, and related building products. Based outside Washington, DC, the WDDA offers education and training through MyWindowClass.com – a state-of-the-art online training resource. In addition, the WDDA serves the industry and general public with its Web site: www.wddalliance.org. The WDDA is an initiative of the National Glass Association.