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Legislation could suspend lead paint rule

June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule could be suspended by legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot approve a commercially available lead test kit that meets the rule''s "false negative" and "false positive" criteria, according to a press release.

The bill, H.R. 5911, introduced by Representative John Sullivan, R-Oklahoma, is designed to hold the EPA "accountable for their failure to produce viable test kits to meet their own regulatory mandates," the release stated.

According to the release, there are currently two products available nationally that can "reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present on wood," but neither complies with both the RRP rule''s negative and positive response criteria of no more than five percent false negatives and no more than 10 percent false positives, each with 95 percent confidence.

The bill would reduce paperwork-related fines, eliminate the requirement for hands-on recertification and prohibit the agency from expanding the rule to cover commercial and public buildings until the EPA conducts a study for it, the release noted.

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