Hey EPA, Meet John Doe.


The Colonel,“I don’t read no papers, and I don’t listen to radios either. I know the world’s been shaved by a drunken barber, and I don’t have to read it”.

Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe, Frank Capra’s populist movie. All John wanted was for things to get better.

EPA and you.

The dice are thrown and the game is lost right? We have a lead law going into effect April 22, 2010. We will finally protect the average American from lead paint poisoning.

Yes, and its about time.

But we need to revisit the methods we will use to achieve this.

Plastic, duct tape and test kits that work only 80% of the time, come on, is this a joke? Let’s get real. We need agreement on a method of treating this that has been shown to work without bagging off the entire home, we need cheap testing kits that work, we need inspectors that know what works and agree to use that working standard. We need building professionals involved in the testing.

NARI, NAHB, ASID, AIA, NKBA need to talk.

All you organization leaders, drop the politics and make your members aware of what your working towards. Get your heads together.

Real Estate people

This is your issue too.

Building forum owners

Forget your membership drives, forget ad profits for now, work to make this industry safer for the workers and homeowners. You’ll have a better ROI if you help the community that helps you.

Meet John Doe

That’s right, this is for John Doe and his family, make sure John Doe knows what the lead rule is for, make it affordable so John Doe will be able to comply.

If we don’t

If we don’t, we are building an underground economy that will make sure John Doe gets his repairs and remodeling the way we always did it. With toxins flying around his children’s head.


Today few people are aware of the lead safety law, all they will know when we start is it adds time and money to home improvement. So, do we scare them with the news, or do we work as an industry to educate homeowners and building pros alike into a common sense partnership that encourages people to want to do the right thing.

What’s missing?

A clear plan.

Written by Paul Lesieur


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