New Lead Paint Law Hits Snag
Regular visitors to this site have read quite a bit about the New Lead Paint Law. From the feedback on this site it’s pretty clear that the opposition to the new law is growing quickly and loudly! Both home owners and contractors are extremely upset about the new law and the financial impacts it will have on American’s owning homes built prior to 1978.
It appears that folks are finally starting to fight back against the EPA’s poorly planned new law. Two weeks ago the Senate passed legislation to temporarily block fines resulting from the new lead paint law.
The bill was sponsored by sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, whose major concern is a lack of preparation on the EPA’s behalf. Supporters of the temporary ban cite a lack of certified trainers available to properly train the massive construction industry. Other supporters also point out the intense confusion and mis-understanding that most construction companies have.
Lead Paint Certification has been slowly happening across the Country but many small construction companies have yet to even learn of the new law. The temporary ban on fines will allow more Contractors to come into compliance and avoid possibly devastating fines up to $37,500 per day!
Political Pressure Is Mounting
Over the past few months we’ve received numerous comments from upset home owners and contractors about the cost of the new lead paint law. It seems that almost daily editorials are popping up around the Country pointing out how the reality of the new law is effecting home owners that simply can’t afford to comply with the new law for simple projects like replacing old drafty windows or having their home painted.
If you’re a concerned home owner or contractor then it’s time to contact your local political representatives. It’s quite obvious that things are starting to move in Washington on this issue and continued pressure is likely to force some changes. As I’ve said before the intent of the new law is solid but the implementation is just disastrous.