On April 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (the LRRP Rule) went into effect. The LRRP Rule requires that contractors who renovate, repair, or undertake painting projects in pre-1978 homes, child-care facilities, and schools be trained and certified in safe lead-based paint removal practices. It also applies to owners performing these activities in rental housing or space rented for child-care activities.
The LRRP Rule establishes training and certification procedures for renovators and dust sampling technicians and identifies safe work practices, such as minimizing dust from disturbed lead-based paint, containing the work area, and cleaning the area to reduce potential lead exposure. To be certified, renovators and dust sampling technicians must successfully complete an EPA-accredited course or authorized state or tribal course, apply to the EPA, and pay a fee. To maintain their certification, individuals must take a refresher course every five years.
The LRRP Rule was finalized in 2008 and included an exemption for renovators where the occupant of a pre-1978 home certified that no young children or pregnant women lived there and that the home was not a child-occupied facility. Recent amendments to the LRRP Rule, effective 60 days from their publication in the Federal Register, remove this exemption and add a requirement that renovation firms provide copies of compliance records to the owners and occupants of the pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities they work on.
EPA has also published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for additional amendments to the LRRP Rule that include requirements for dust-wipe testing following renovations. It expects to finalize this rule in July 2011. Further, EPA has announced its intention to create an LRRP rule for public and commercial buildings.
A copy of the LRRP Rule is available here.
Day Pitney Alert
New Jersey real estate partner Craig Gianetti will participate in a robust webinar hosted by the New Jersey Builders Association, exploring the multitude of issues that builders and business owners face due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
On January 28, Day Pitney hosted the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Boston Chapter's Off-Shore Wind Networking Event at the firm's Boston office.
Luke Pontier and Nicole Magdziak co-authored an article, "A Cautionary Tale of Orphan Signature Pages," published in the Fall 2019 issue of Dimensions, a newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association.
On January 17, Craig Gianetti and Justin Hannan will be speaking on a panel, "Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones: Synergies and Conflicts," at the 2020 Economic Leadership Forum, produced by the New Jersey Bankers Association.
Day Pitney Press Release
On July 15, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its much awaited decision in Christian Mission John 3:16 v. Passaic City. The court granted certification on an appeal from the Appellate Division, which affirmed a decision of the Tax Court rejecting a property tax exemption for a church in the City of Passaic.
Craig Gianetti, a partner in Day Pitney's Real Estate & Land Use group, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).
Craig Gianetti is featured in a Market Forecast special section in the January 2020 issue of Real Estate New Jersey.
Day Pitney LLP announced today that April F. Condon has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate and Environmental group in its Stamford office. She joins from Robinson & Cole LLP.