As of April 22, 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program Rule applies to paid renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including: renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters, and other specialty trades. Under the rule, child-occupied facilities are defined as residential, public, or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis. Contractors are required to have a certified renovator on board for each job taking place in a home or facility defined by the rule.
There are some differences between the EPA RRP Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR). A major difference is that the LSHR requires clearance examinations. All housing receiving federal assistance must still comply with the LSHR. Read more about complying with the LSHR and RRP.
EPA-Authorized Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Courses are offered by the Montana Weatherization Training Center at MSU - Bozeman, the only EPA accredited training provider in Montana.
Projects involving structures built prior to 1980 are considered to have the potential for LBP and procedures have been developed to ensure compliance with federal regulations. If structures are being funded by CDBG or HOME for rehabilitation or homebuyer assistance activities, the units must be tested for LBP and if positive, the LBP must be removed during rehabilitation or prior to occupancy. HOME or CDBG-assisted units constructed before 1980 must be tested for lead-based paint using HUD Performance Characteristics Sheet Testing and applicable industry standards. CDBG or HOME-assisted units must be free of lead-based paint prior to occupancy. For many projects, CDBG and HOME program funds can to be used to assist with the cost of LBP testing and remediation activities.
Grantees are required to document that proposed rehabilitation activities have been assessed for LBP or lead water service lines; that the applicant has the resources to ensure that certified LBP inspectors and contractors are available to accomplish the proposed activities; and that the cost and design of the proposed activity takes LBP removal and remediation into account. Applicants for CDBG and HOME funding are required to certify that they accept all program requirements, including compliance with all state and federal LBP requirements and regulations.
Commerce requires that Preliminary Architectural Reports (PARs) funded with state or federal funding through the Department, or submitted in support of a grant application for any state or federal funding, meet the requirements of the Department’s PAR requirements. Among other things the requirements include a description of all concerns, deficiencies, compliance issues, and relevant regulations related to LBP, evaluate the existence of LBP in any existing facilities, and describe all mitigation measures that will be implemented to remediate any LBP.