More than 79 million American homes contain lead-based paint. An estimated 8.4 million major home renovation events occur throughout the country each year. Together, these statistics create a perfect regulatory storm when considering the potential impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation Repair and Painting Rule. The RRP Rule imposes significant new legal requirements on property owners, managers and anyone who performs renovations “for compensation.” To avoid liability, it is critical to ensure compliance with this new regulatory framework.
Lead Paint Background and The Disclosure Rule
Lead-based paints were banned from residential use by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 1978 after numerous studies confirmed that the presence of lead-based paint in residential dwellings posed a threat of lead exposure and poisoning to occupants. While lead exposure is harmful to persons of all ages, it particularly impacts children, fetuses and women of childbearing age.