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If You Own a House
EPA’s new lead safe regulations are onerous and outrageous, requiring contractors to do their work in a “lead safe” manner that will cost the home owners thousands of additional dollars and potentially subject contractors to future litigation.
Some of the new requirements:
Contractors must preclean the home, Yes clean before work begins.
Contractors must remove all furniture from areas being worked on or completely wrap those items in plastic.
The area being worked on must be isolated from the rest of the house.
All debris must be either wrapped in plastic or places in plastic trash bags before leaving the containment area.
Workers must wear protective overalls, respirators, rubber gloves, booties, and glasses
A special HEPA vacuum costing $500.00 or more has to be used, the filters costing approx, $125.00 each has to be replaces after each job.
Caution tape and warning signage has to be places throughout the job site.
The outside of the house has to be protected with plastic and signage as well.
So far the EPA has required contractors to pay them $300.00 for the privilege of doing these things and we have had to attend an 8 hour class costing an additional $200.00 for certification.
EPA fines for violators is $37,500.00 per incidence. But the homeowner can do all the work, contamination they want, without taking any of the above precautions.
These regulations translate to thousands of additional dollars that home owners will have to shell out. The kicker is, homeowners cannot refuse these measures. If they hire a contractor, electrician, plumber, painter, or any one else who disturbs more than 6 square feet of painted surface in a house built prior to 1978 prepare to be screwed. Approx. 80% of the housing in our area was built before 1978.
Contact you Congressmen and US Senators now and ask them to reinstate the Opt-out clause which would allow you the home owner to decide for yourself if you want to pay for these extraordinary measures.
P.S. A completer set of rules are at www.epa.gov