Should Lead Rule Be Delayed?
March 16, 2010
Survey Results for 03/17/2010:
Should the EPA lead paint rules go into effect on April 22?
A nice, clean poll question offers some nice, clean results. This week, we see a 70-30 split with the majority of respondents against the EPA lead paint rules going into effect about a month from now.
The nice, clean answer for this outcome? We're just not ready.
"I haven’t heard anyone say anything positive about the EPA ruling," writes a representative from one door manufacturer. "Although many of our dealers are working hard to comply, most seem to feel that adding this expense when the economy is trying to rebound is just poor timing. Also, it seems like there are many who question the need for such requirements. Perhaps it would have been a better plan for the EPA to have launched an awareness campaign using hard data regarding the harmful nature of lead-based paint when being disturbed on a home. Then once that message was commonly accepted, put these requirements in place."
Another impassioned contributor writes: "This rule will prove to be counter-productive to the industry. Adding yet another layer of requirements that has to be met, particularly one with such dubious foundation, will only lead to increased costs and opportunity for charlatans to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners.
The potential amount of lead in windows is nothing compared to what exists in the environment from both natural and manmade causes," he continues. "Levels we’ve all been living with for over a hundred years of industrialization. The figures being suggested amount to near zero tolerances, which will never occur in our environment, even if mankind were to disappear completely for thousands of years."
Some in the distribution channel agree that the timing of this rule is questionable at best. "This law will slow down the already slow remodeling construction industry. Our business is just now showing promise after two years of being down. The price of following EPA's mandate will add more to the cost of installing windows and doors than customers will get back as tax credit."
Industry organizations are forming alliances with other construction groups to protest the rules. I guess we wait to see what one month brings.