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The Great RRP rule Debate

It’s yesterdays news.

What have you heard so far? We are now discussing old and tired postings and articles, it’s baloney like bony maroni.

The Great RRP rule Debate
Damn those RRP inspectors.

“I sometimes think that all you tell me of knighthood, kingdoms, empires and islands is all windy blather and lies”

Self Serving

Third party testers are coming out of the woodwork, Save the children from the Baby Killers.

The Truth

Were gonna fight this rule, the homeowners that do know about it know they are exempt from legal issues, they can save money and sicken their children and be assured they are safe from prosecution.

What’s coming?

The lawyers are coming, they are ready to make money from this.

Who loses?

Everyone, come on, even the Greenies will get their pants pulled down below their knees on this, wait and see, I just hope they bust a supporter before they bust an opponent, what a bit of comedic drama that will be.

What’s next?

What’s next is our industry unites to come up with solutions for this intensely lobbied and nebulous rule.

I’ve had the serious conversations and have stood around while the heroes have proudly beaten their chests as the new world saviors. They don’t get it, there is only so much market share for the few people that support this rule and are willing to pay for it.

It’s about money!

It;s always about money, sometimes it’s sex but it’s a marketing nightmare to make lead poisoning sexy so it’s about money.

Whatta Ya Gonna Do?

You can care and join in a voice that addresses this issue, we don’t care if your faking it, but we do care that you want safe building practices and you are willing to speak out to get new testing and practices started.

The Paul is pissed!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Honestly, I do agree with lead safe practices, but this rule is downright frustrating. The EPA did a horrible job notifying the contractors, and now they are not doing a good job letting the public know about it.

    Everyone is in fear that they will focus their enforcement efforts on the list of certified renovators because that is easy. Though I don’t know how they will enforce yet (but it would be nice to have some guidelines), I fear that this might be somewhat true. If would be nice if they started with the people who are blowing it off, and gave the people who are trying a little reprieve.

    In addition, it seems not any two contractors are in agreement about the exact record keeping requirements. And the EPA is not really offering help, leaving some questions on their site unanswered for months. When these objections were brought up to the EPA representative at the Remodeling Show, he admitted that it can take months to receive a response. That isn’t good enough when the job is ongoing RIGHT NOW. Is the EPA going to offer amnesty on those jobs because they didn’t respond in a timely manner?

    There needs to be more clarification, and it needs to happen quickly. I think a lot of good contractors are willing to follow the rules if the rules are both spelled out and practical.

  2. I find this whole lead thing to be kind of comical. The EPA is this odd arm of the government that can pass laws down on the rest of us without true legal process. It’s all business focused and as Paul points out it’s a revenue builder and keeps them looking important but only to those up higher on the food chain. Business owners and the general public don’t see value.

    We live in an older house. If there is lead paint here it’s covered by several layers of this ugly blue stuff the previous owners thought was nice.

    I haven’t ran into any customers that want to know what our lead abatement abilities are. They don’t even know the EPA has put a new rule into affect. How would they? It’s not like their kids are gnawing on the hall walls and now they are checking the internet for EPA Lead warnings. Seriously, when was the last time you even talked to someone who had lead poisoning?

    Of course we will follow the rules. It’s too bad the rules continue to be made by those who don’t understand the problem.

  3. Here is a copy of my letter to congress.
    Dear Sirs:
    I am forwarding copies of NARI letters sent to Mary Landrieu and Harry Reid to you. I would like you to know that I agreed completely with the content of both letters.

    I am a small business owner trying to survive with my assets and employees in tact.
    It has been very difficult to accomplish this in the last two years. I find it amusing that during every election cycle , you politicians can not say enough good things about small businesses and how they are the driving force of our economy . When the election is over , it always turns out to be just more lip service.

    Congress has done nothing to help me in the last two years, in-fact you folks have done more to hurt me than to help. An example of this is the Lead Renovation Repair and Painting Rules(LRRP). You have accomplished what my competitors could not. I am a licensed and certified Contractor under the rules of LRRP. I have to charge customer more to do their work correctly under the LRRP rules. In the real world the customers either do the work themselves or hires a not certified contractor for less money. In either case I lose the job. Thanks for your help but I really prefer no help.

    I do not understand where Congress thinks a small business like ours gets the assets (money/people) to conform to the laws you pass. Does anyone every give that any thought? How to I comply with Section 9006 of the Patient Protection Act( P.L.111-148). Have any of you ever operated a profitable business? If you have then you should understand what we go through each week to make a payroll.

    In conclusion , I only ask if you can not help small businesses to survive these bad economic times then just leave us alone. And remember next election day, I for one will hold you accountable for your promises.

    Sincerely,

    Michael P. Esposito
    President

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