Beginning Thursday, April 22, Earth Day, contractors working on homes built before 1978 must prove that they are following the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s new rules regarding containment and cleanup of lead paint â€“ 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)