Today, Amaris Company received notice that it has been approved by the EPA as a Lead Certified Firm. I wish I could say we had to jump through extra hoops or have some special expertise to become an EPA Lead Certified Firm, but the truth is all we had to do was send in our application and $300.00. Makes a person wonder what the federal government is really after. Still, we have now gone through the Lead Certified Renovator classes and we are now fully in compliance with yet another federal regulation.
What does this all mean for you? Properties built before 1978 where more the six square feet of wall is going to be affected, requires a lead test before a contractor (plumber, electrician, carpenter, HVAC contractor, etc) may conduct work. If the lead is found, certain lead safe practices must be followed. The bad news is this adds cost for the contractor which will of course will be passed on to consumers.
I am told local municipalities will start to enforce these rules in the first quarter 2011 and will affect all law abiding contractors pulling permits. Of course, those flying under the radar will not be affected causing an even a bigger discrepancy between those of us following rules and those contractors that chose not too.
Maybe I should go over to the dark side…