New Lead Paint Rules for Contractors

Beginning Thursday, April 22, Earth Day, contractors working on homes built before 1978 must prove that they are following the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules regarding containment and cleanup of lead paint – or face fines of up to $37,500 a day.

The new regulation requires painters and renovation contractors to be trained and certified in EPA-approved lead-paint management methods.

The EPA estimates that the new procedures will add $8 to $167 to the average interior remodeling project. Contractors say the cost will be much more.

Source: Washington Post, Deborah k. Dietsch (04/17/2010)