Lead like beer is a four letter word.


You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

By the Paul

Forget the water
Forget the water!

As we approach the Earth Day celebration we also can mark our calendars as the day most contractors went to work as outlaws, rule breakers, endangerment specialists. As an industry we will not have met the minimum requirements for complying with the RRP program.

Today I was on the phone with the EPA and I talked to 4 different people to inquire as to how the certifications were being processed, as many of us know, until your down as a certified firm your not allowed to work in target housing.

Person #1 said ” I never heard of this rule”.

Person #2 had heard of it but said the states were doing the certifications.

Person #3 said “The guy you want to talk to is in another region”.

Person #4 when asked said “I only handled smog”.

All nice and helpful EPA employees and I felt bad that they honestly tried to help and weren’t able to get it right.

On the EPA site there is a box that happily tells us that 125,000 people will be certified, but the EPA site only lists a couple of thousand firms that meet the criteria, although many more took the class and sent in their application it appears the applications have not been processed yet. So what should we do?

1. Not go to work?

2. Go to work and comply but don’t say anything?

3. Pretend we never heard about the lead rule?

4. Write our congressman and hope the democratic process works?

5. Unite, revolt and take the power back to the people?

I am hoping for the best and expecting April 22, 2010 will be like any other April 22nd, a warm spring day where you can see the trees fill in with new growth and to sit on the porch listening to crickets and bullfrogs after the sun goes down.


  1. I planned a fishing trip to South Dakota that week for the small mouth spawn. I’m sure I won’t give it a second thought. At least that week anyway.


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