A New York politician yesterday sounded the latest call for the EPA to push back its April 22nd deadline, saying contractors haven’t had enough time to get certified. Congressman Tim Bishop of Long Island joined the chorus of contractors and trade groups that have been asking the federal agency to push back the implementation of the new lead law
guidelines. Bishop told the media yesterday that only a few hundred of the 18,000 licensed contractors in Long Island have been certified.
Here's what the EPA's Dale Kemery told us late yesterday:
"The EPA issued the LRRP rule because a disturbing number of America's children are still being poisoned by lead-based paint in their homes - leading to learning and behavioral disorders. The rule provides simple, low cost, common-sense steps contractors can take during their work to protect children and families. The Agency is on course to have enough contractors trained and certified in lead safe work practices to ensure that Americans will be able to find a certified contractor to repair or renovate their homes. For more information on how to become a certified firm or trained renovator, visit : http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_training.htm"
For now, April 22 is still the date for the new lead law enforcement to go into effect. We know there are issues with getting people trained and the costs involved for both contractors and consumers. But we believe protecting our children from lead poisoning is worth the effort.
Angie's List will add a special icon next to contractors
that have been certified in lead-safe work practices later this week to help homeowners identify which companies are up to date.