Gary Thill examines how two major trade associations are urging the federal government to reconsider their lead rules and make proper test kits more readily available. The Renovation, Repair, and Painting program rule requires contractors to use costly lead-safe work practices to test for lead exposure in homes built before 1978. In 2008, the EP said it would provide lead test kits that would only provide a false negative of no more than 5% and a false positive of no more than 105% by 2010. However, that has not been taken into affect and the EPA, as of late, “Has no plans or resources to sponsor additional testing of kits…”

Garry Thill writes,

"But at the same time the groups want EPA to re-examine — and even narrow — the RRP rule because EPA based the RRP rule’s economic analysis on faulty test kit assumptions. The test kits were to reduce costs to regulated entities from $758 million in 2008 (pre test kit) to $507 million in 2010 (post test kit), according to the EPA. No one seems to know how off those figures actually are. But WDMA estimates unnecessary work safe practices are adding $60 per window opening or $500 on the average 8-window replacement job. The EPA’s estimate was an additional cost of $35 per job."

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