The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its efforts to regulate workers and work practices that may disturb potential lead in public and commercial buildings regardless of a property’s age, use of the building or presence of children. EPA is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget for a survey of maintenance practices that would be provided to just over 10,000 individuals, including building owners, managers, tenants or contractors. Apartments built after 1978 could potentially be included in any future regulation.
NMHC/NAA joined other stakeholders in objecting to the focus and design of the survey and suggested that EPA should follow a congressional directive that requires them to first study whether conditions in public and commercial buildings pose a threat.
Apartment industry representatives have met with agency staff, provided written comments to agency requests for information, and, most recently, testified at a public meeting the agency convened in June 2013.
EPA has been sued by a group of advocacy organizations who have demanded that it proceed with a rulemaking. The agency has indicated that it will issue a proposed rule by 2015.
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