The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended a few years ago the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The rule is intended to protect the public from lead base paint hazards. The public can be protected by this paint when lead based paint hazards are associated with renovation projects, repair and painting activities. Many home, child care facility and kindergarten building that was built before 1978 may have lead paint. A few years ago, the EPA was sued on the 2008 RRP Rule. Through out a settlement agreement, the EPA agreed to sign a proposed rule that will cover RRP activities in Public and Commercial Buildings by July 15, 2015. However, the agency might determine that those activities might not create lead base paint hazards.

Having that in mind,recently, the EPA was seeking small businesses input on lead paint for public commercial buildings. The EPA will be having a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel so that the agency can consider steps to reduce lead base paint exposure of public and commercial buildings. When the panel takes place, the EPA will ask those who will be part of the panel to provide recommendations and advice on the impacts of the proposed rule when businesses are involved in the renovation, repair, and painting of public and commercial buildings.Those who will not be part of the panel can still be participate by having the chance to submit comments concerning the rule making. You may submit your comments when there is a standard public comment period. We will keep you updated when this period beings and keep you updated on this rule as well.