The US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has just issued a new rule on addressing lead-based paint during renovations. Adding to an already complex regulatory regime, this new set of rules governing lead-based paint, phases in implementation between June 23, 2008, and April 22, 2010. Covering the same ground as the repair and renovation portions of New York Citys Local Law 1 of 2004 (LL 1), but with different procedures and thresholds for applicability, the new rules create a confusing alternate scheme for treating lead-based paint during renovation and repair of homes, apartments and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978.

This edition of The Inside Edge will focus on the rules application to residential housing (leaving aside its impact on child-occupied facilities).

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By Harold Shultz