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EPA Lead RRP rules and proposed changes

3 Possible Changes to the EPA’s Lead RRP Program

On January 14, 2015, the EPA published a proposal to make several minor revisions to the RRP and Lead-Based Paint Activities Program. Here is a list of the proposed changes, and the effects that they could have on Certified Renovators.


#1 – Elimination of the RRP refresher “hands-on” component

This means that for those renovators who need to take the 4 hour refresher course in order to keep their certified renovator status, no hands-on section will be necessary. Which means that there is a much higher likely-hood that this 4 hour refresher course could be offered online. Online courses tend be less expensive for contractors and generally save a substantial amount of time.


#2 – Removal of jurisdictions under the abatement program

This will reduce the amount of paperwork and applications for contractors drastically. It could also save contractors the cost of sending in multiple applications and fees to each separate jurisdiction.


#3 – Addition of clarifying language to the requirements for training providers

This has little effect on the average contractor, but it should help weed-out programs that do not meet the EPA requirements.


The EPA is seeking comments on the proposed rule changes, and possibly granting an extension to the re-certification deadline so that more certified renovators can take advantage of the rule changes. The EPA wants to hear from you.

Here is the link to leave comments.


Note: If you or your company is currently doing any work on homes, buildings, or child occupied facilities built on or before 1978, you need to be an EPA Certified Renovator. The EPA is currently taking action against non-certified work and can fine up to $37,500 per day for work done by non-certified firms.  Ignorance is not an excuse, and not being licensed and certified will not save you from the penalty.  

Renovator certification and re-certification is typically for 5 years from the date of course completion, not from the date of expiration on your previous certificate. Renovators seeking re-certification must complete a 4-hour refresher training course before the expiration of their current certificate.  



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