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WDDA APPEALS TO GAO ON PROPOSED LEAD CLEARANCE RULE
Cites Possible Administrative Error


WASHINGTON, DC (August 10, 2010) – The Window & Door Dealers Alliance has submitted a multi-page letter to the General Accounting Office (GAO), citing a possible administrative error by the EPA in its efforts to impose lead clearance and testing rules on window and door dealers.

The WDDA's efforts are a testament to the fight we have been waging against the EPA's lead renovation, repair, and painting rules. We remain hopeful that by administrative ruling, congressional vote, or legal action, our industry will prevail," said WDDA advisory committee member Jim Lett, President and CEO, ABE Windows and Doors.

The EPA has proposed an amendment to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule to mandate renovation activities in pre-1978 residential housing for for-hire contractors performing most tasks. Under the proposal, any EPA certified dust samplers, risk assessors, and lead inspectors must collect lead based paint dust samples and prepare clearance testing reports, similar to reports performed by lead based paint abatement firms under 40 CFR § 745.227(e)(8). The WDDA filed comments on the proposed rule on June 29.

"We contend that the rule is being proposed without the proper studies and that the EPA has not conducted a study specifically regarding the proposed rule.  The WDDA believes this is a critical administrative error. We are submitting a letter today to the GAO, a body that could force the EPA to stand down until they address this complaint and demonstrate that a timely and relevant study has been performed," explains David Walker, Vice President of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance.

For a complete listing of the WDDA’s stance on policy issues, visit http://wddalliance.org/policy.html.

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.