MOBILE, AL — Remodeler Jeff Johns was working on an early 1900s church on when new lead abatement rules became official, according to the Press-Register.
"It was absolutely a lead-paint job," said the co-owner of TCM Remodelers in Mobile. "We had to suit up and rope off the area. It was a challenge."
As of April 22, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that contractors doing work that disturbs lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified in lead abatement practices, the article stated.
"An uncertified contractor working on a pre-1978 building can be fined $32,000 by the EPA," according to Susie Cleveland, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Metro Mobile.
About 99 percent of buildings built before 1978 have lead paint, according to builders. Sanding, cutting or demolition in such structures can create hazardous lead dust and chips which can be harmful to adults and children, the article noted.