EPA lead laws

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by brother, May 15, 2010.

  1. brother

    brother New Member

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    Im just curious as to how have any of you been dealing with this new 'change' in the Federal lead laws. Im sure it would up the price of any bid. I think this took affect in April 2010. I wonder what made the Feds go to this extreme with the lead laws.
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Activists and money.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I translate that to mean IDIOTS and money!
  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    What change in the lead law?
  5. brother

    brother New Member

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    This is the other concern, ALOT of people don't even know about the changes, and may end up getting fined for it heavily.
    Heres a link to the pamphlet

    http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/sbcomplianceguide.pdf

    Basically what has changed is that anyone 'disturbing' the wall/paint of more than 6 square feet has to be certified and had been through a class. This is about $250 for the class and an additional $300 for the application to the EPA to get the ceritification card.

    So basically any of of you plumbing contractors cutting open a wall has to use proper 'lead protection procedures' and be 'ceritified' to do so.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    It also only applies to work in houses pre-1978.
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