Skip to comments.EPA mandate New renovation rules to push up costs(epa police now in your home)
Posted on 04/12/2010 12:15:00 PM PDT by day21221
EPA mandate New renovation rules to push up costs
BY ALESHIA HOWE April 12, 2010
Renovation companies nationwide are preparing for a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys mandate beginning April 22 and local experts say homeowners should be prepared to see a higher bill because of it.
According to the EPAs new Renovation Repair and Paint rule, beginning on April 22 builders performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be EPA certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Some things wont change, but one thing is for sure its going to increase the cost of remodeling a home that was built before 1978, said Stephen L. Polozola, an attorney with Decker Jones McMackin McClane Hall & Bates P.C., who specializes in construction law.
The new rules will require builders to send in their application to the EPA to become a certified firm and each employee must get his or her certified renovator status, which requires an eight-hour training course and passing an exam. According to the EPA, this employee also will be responsible for training other employees and overseeing work practices and cleaning.
Once work starts on the renovation of a pre-1978 home, the certified renovator has a check-list to complete including giving homeowners handouts and securing a signature from the homeowner notifying them of safe renovation practices.
Certified renovators also will be required to post warning signs outside the work area and supervise setting up containment to prevent spreading dust using specific containment procedures for both interior and exterior projects such as cleaning the area with HEPA vacuuming and wet washing.
Its these steps local experts say will bump up renovation project costs for home owners.
Contractors typically use a wet/dry vac to clean up after themselves on a job, but now theyre going to have to purchase one with a HEPA filter, so instead of $200 or $300 for a vac, theyre looking at $1,500 and theyre obviously going to have to pass along those expenses to the consumer, Polozola said. It will without question increase expenses.
Robert S. Mathews, the current president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industrys Fort Worth chapter and owner of Curb Appeal Renovations Inc., agreed renovation costs will increase, but said the outcome was worth it.
I wouldnt really say it will drag out the process; it will add more to the cost of the remodel but more importantly, it will make it safer for those living in the homes, especially if there are children living in the homes, he said.
According to a report by the Presidents Task force on Environmental Health and Safety Risks to Children, an estimated 24 million pre-1978 U.S. dwellings were at risk for lead-based paint hazards.
Both Polozola and Mathews agreed that many contractors and home owners may still be unaware of the changing law something that could be even more costly down the road.
[Homeowners] need to start using certified professionals to complete the work on their homes so they dont endanger themselves and their family, Mathews said. This is also a great way to make sure those in our industry know about the new laws as well many in our industry arent even aware that the laws have changed, but with the first fine starting at $32,500 this is not a slap on the wrist. The EPA is taking this very seriously and so should our industry.
Not all projects will be subject to the new rule. Pre-1978 structures that include minor repairs or where interior work disturbs less than six square feet or exteriors disturbing less than 20 square feet will be exempt. And any home that tests lead free will be exempt as well.
There are many in our industry who, as with any law, wont abide, Mathews said. The public needs to be made aware of the new law to make sure that everyone in their family is safe.
Renovation and remodeling contractors' requirements under the new regulation include containing work sites with plastic and thoroughly cleaning up lead paint dust stirred up during work, The New York Times reported.
About 38 million units of housing stock are potentially affected by the rule, according to EPA officials.
"We think it will be very effective," Steve Owens, assistant administrator for the EPA's office of prevention, pesticides and toxic substances, told the Times. "It's a rule designed to address one of the major sources of lead pollution."
Legislation directing the EPA to propose the regulation was passed by Congress in 1992. The EPA finally finished the rule in 2008 after a lawsuit from environmental and public interest groups, the newspaper said.
“The new rules will require builders to send in their application to the EPA to become a certified firm and each employee must get his or her certified renovator status, which requires an eight-hour training course and passing an exam. According to the EPA, this employee also will be responsible for training other employees and overseeing work practices and cleaning. “
Boy, this is sure gonna help jobs right along!
Good Grief!! I can also see homeowners insurance claims becoming a nightmare because of the increase in “ordinance” payments now required in repairing a normal home after a kitchen fire or something.
This is a nightmare and this will effect a whole lot of folks who make less than $200,000 a year.
The EPA is an UNELECTED BODY and has no legal right to this at all. But as usual, the elite political folks will let it ride right by...
Since when did the EPA start running the country? How many EPA employees have been elected by the public across this country?
We have a school around here that closed in 1985. At the time the cost to demolish it would have been a few hundred thou. But some of the school board members were against this, thinking that if enrollment increased in the future it could be reopened. Two years later the EPA issued new regs on asbestos, very similar to these. The cost of demolition shot up to nearly $5 million almost immediately.
The school has been rotting away with water damage and collapsing roof ever since, the board not having the $5 mil to legally tear it down.
The EPA is unconstitutional since Article 1 Section 8 does not specifically grant Congress the power to regulate the environment.
Dalrymple or Austin?
In her speech Friday, Palin used the term “Economic Punishment Agency.” Sure fits here.
I was thinking about having my windows replaced later this year. I might have to ask for quotes for the full job and for just doing the window installation in 8 holes where the windows used to be so the installer doesn’t disturb any lead surfaces (just ignore all those paint chips and glass shards on the ground outside)
More people and contractors will just do it without permits and people will pay cash. It’s a lose lose situation for the Marxist regime.
This is strictly a State matter.
Before I pay for any class I will need to research this Bullcrap! Sounds like they may have a problem enforcing this.
this will do wonders for a struggling housing market.
As a kid, I cast lead soldiers. Mom used to let us play with the Mercury when a thermometer broke. I had a summer job where I cleaned industrial furnace boiler boxes and I’m sure there was all kinds of asbestos around there. Washed my hands with gasoline, turpentine, bleach or whatever would do the job. I’m sure some of that contributed to my change from a liberal kid to a disgruntled old conservative.
“This is strictly a State matter. “
The one with the gold makes the rules, and the states are broke.
If a contractor does 20 jobs a year, and if one of these vacs lasts 3 years, then the avg. cost increase is less than $25 per job. That is not the argument I would be making against this regulation. Certified renovators
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! When ever someone has to have special certification because of a gov't regulation, they will be able to charge more. Perhaps 20% to 30% more. A $1500 job will be priced at $1800 or more.
The list, ping
“The concentrating of these (executive, legislative, judicial powers) in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government.”
Did all those things in Spades, heck everyone did. Used to carry mercury around in bottles, so we could shine up coins. Used lead crystal in our bean shooters as well. This country was a lot more fun before the government got involved in every aspect of our lives.
You are looking at minimum up-front costs of $2,500. Which may not seem like much, but when you add in the already high taxes and ever shrinking margins...this is a 5% tax on a little guy clearing 50k a year.
What's not to like with this bill?
You obviously missed my point. I was on your side and was dissing the writer for claiming the key expense was a $1500 vacuum cleaner. That is peanuts compared to the actual costs -- you articulated some of them -- and the consumer will get screwed. So will the small business owner.
“This country was a lot more fun before the government got involved in every aspect of our lives. “
You got it! Back in the day, I took my .22 rifle as carry-on luggage on an airplane and my brother and I were unaccompanied minors. Back then, folks didn’t get upset about the occasional pipe bomb we set off in the woods.
And in many many districts, to do changes of this type you must obtain permits ... which of course means more fees/taxes/graft. I’m learning to hate democrats.
So THAT'S why they're having such a cow about all these environmental non-issues! Wanna bet each temperature increase of 0.01 degree F shifts 1% of the electorate from Dumbocrap to Pubster, and that's why their panties are all in a bunch over the GW boondoggle?
Us poor ole taxpayers can’t afford to challenge this crap in the courts.
More Hope in Chains.
They got right back to me and informed me that this is an EPA law and only the EPA has enforcement authority.
Aha....so Barry is planning to hire 46,000 EPA Inspectors to go along with his 16,000 IRS Agents and 150,000 members of the Health Care SWAT Team and Flying Squad. Guess that creates jobs AND allows everyone to have their Student Loan forgiven...
That would be a “stage two” result.
Libs NEVER examine an issue past the stage where they feel good about themselves for advocating a plan of action.
Are the contractors supposed to test the paint to see if it has lead or are they just supposed to assume that in an older house it does?
This is also covered in
With links to HUD and Dist 5 EPA as well as comments from a trade group.
This is pure central government socialist thinking.Its has nothing to do with “saving the children”. Its has to do with expanding their turf. It inhibits creative methods of getting rid of the problem including removing the questioned trim and sending the trim off (if one wishes to refinish it) to a specialized tratment center.
Who the hell is going to stand there, garbed in approved protective clothing which you don’t need to remove the stuff, and sand painted wood work down to its original grain ? If there is a wall coated with the stuff.. Encapsulate it. Cover it, that coating isn’t going anywhere.
All these EPA people think about is increasing the size of government employment and preserving their turf. They have no idea what they’re doing. Many buildings before and till 1978, which is an arbitrary number by the way, have since been remodeled and probably have no lead based paint but they fall into that category.
What is even worse the suppositions the EPA offers. With the exception of sanding lead based paint. Where is the science behind requiring all the precautions and procedures the EPA claims are needed when doing remodeling with the stuff.
It now falls upon local juristictions to enforce these “unfunded mandates” and fill out their paperwork and build up the bureacracies to enforce regulations comming from the Amerikan Kremlin the DC central government.
If there is a change in Congress I hope somebody calls these EPA hotshots to the stand and asks them (1)Besides getting “gratuties” If they have stock or money in these “approved” companys and organizations their recomending. (2) If they have friends or relatives workinmg for them (3) Cuts their budgets down to size and (4)require every new regulation be accompanied by an impact study which includes possible unintended consequences from the industry involved.
you think this is bad?
wait til they pass the laws that mandate energy efficiency as part of a home sale. thats coming.
houses that dont pass the test will need new windows, insulation, doors, etc.
say goodbye to the housing market. the nation will be full of homes no one can buy or sell. the next generation will be living in gov’t supplied eco-friendly apartment blocks, just like the Russians
“The EPA is an UNELECTED BODY and has no legal right to this at all. But as usual, the elite political folks will let it ride right by...”
Well, you got my BS meter ringing. You’re exactly right. The fascist EPA is an unelected body and has no law-making power. The pig Marxists in black robes gave unelected bureaucrats law-making power back in the 1920s. Congress can no more give away its law writing power than obuma can give his war power to Bill Ayers. And here’s the kicker - Congress can fire every flippin’ bureaucrat tomorrow. But it won’t.
Unelected bureaucrats writing law is a common feature of a dictatorship.
Whenever the EPA finds it has no jurisdiction, it simply asserts it anyway.
Amazing how the left always gets its way, regardless of who is driving the boat.
The left has a long view. The right can't remember why its slate of candidates lost in the last few national elections.
LOL, they won’t be coming near my house. Those ‘NO TRESPASSING - OWNER WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR HUNTING ACCIDENTS’ signs alway make township inspectors and other government meddlers decide it might be a good idea to go pester somebody else.
I'm not so sure they want to lose a weak case like this because it might cost them a lot more in the future.
Is ‘Green Goon Squad’ at your front door?
‘Climategate’ warns of privacy invasion that could be coming
Posted: April 12, 2010
8:42 pm Eastern
Just when you thought the government couldn’t get any more invasive than the 2010 Census and requirements under “Obamacare” that your medical records be posted on the Internet, a coming book called “Climategate” by veteran meteorologist Brian Sussman warns that soon there could be a “green goon squad” visiting at your door.
Sussman’s book, the newest title by WND books and scheduled for release April 22 “Earth Day,” has been charting for several weeks already among Amazon’s top 10 preordered titles. It arrives just as people who thought the campaign over global warming was being dropped over revelations of apparent manipulation by researchers in the field are becoming concerned that Washington still has it on the fast-track.
Sussman writes in “Climategate” that not only are promoters of the belief that starting a car in Texas or heating a home in North Dakota contributes to a cataclysmic environmental warping are continuing their campaign, Washington already has parts of it in writing.
In Chapter 10 of his book, he cites the 2009 America Clean Energy and Security Act which already has passed the U.S. House.
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“Buried in the 2009 America Clean Energy and Security Act are federally mandated energy-efficient building regulations, which supersede all local and state codes and which will be enforced by a national, green goon squad, funded in part by revenues from energy taxes, as well as by an annual $25 million from the Department of Energy ‘to provide necessary enforcement of a national energy efficiency building code,’” he confirms.
“The legislation also authorizes the Secretary of Energy to ‘enhance compliance by conducting training and education of builders and other professionals in the jurisdiction concerning the national energy efficiency building code.’
“The plan is modeled on building code enforcement in California. Each time a home is built, remodeled, or in the case of the federal plan preparing to be sold, a G-man wearing a federal badge and armed with a clipboard will show up at your house to make sure ... all of your appliances have been updated with the most recent Energy Star-approved internal communication devices, and that the Home Area Network has been properly installed and connected to your new SmartMeter, whether you like it or not,” he says.
Be the first to see the full documentation of how your life could be changed by climate-related laws, taxes and regulations, in “Climategate”
“This is not a helpful plan to assist you in meeting your family budget; it’s a social engineering scheme, designed and promoted by the federal government to change your behavior,” he said. “By having the capability to read your meter many times a day, the utility company is able to effectively establish demand pricing schedules; thus, using too much electricity during the peak periods is going to cost you.”
Further, he writes, part of the Big Brother spy system actually already is embedded in the law..
“The term SmartGrid [made law in 2007] refers to a distribution system that allows for flow of information from a customer’s meter in two directions: both inside the house to thermostats and appliances and other devices, and back to the utility. Once the SmartMeter [is] connected to the SmartGrid, Big Brother will become the new authority figure in your home. Want to do a load of laundry or read at 3 p.m. on a hot afternoon in August? Good luck. With a bureaucratic keystroke, anything attached to your [home] could be selectively turned off or on without your approval.”
The book details, among other things, the warping of the scientific process over global warming, the massive enrichment of its supporters, President Obama’s early and continuing support and the anti-American roots of environmental alarmism.
Sussman, formerly a highly acclaimed San Francisco meteorologist, also is the newest morning host at KSFO Radio (560 AM), the highest-rated talk show in the San Francisco Bay Area and the fourth-largest radio market in the country.
In the original scandal that spawned the name Climategate, the hacked e-mails of Phil Jones, head of the Climate Research Unit in Norwich, England, and others uncovered schemes to employ “tricks” with warming trends, squelch skeptics and defame journals that published them.
But Sussman reveals that Jones’ work at the University of East Anglia wasn’t alone in its apparent manipulation of research. He charges that James Hansen, director at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, has treated his position as “activist-scientist.”
Hansen is quoted in the book with the opinion, “We’re leaving a situation for our children and grandchildren which is not of their making, but they’re going to suffer because of it. So I think they should start to act up and put some pressure on their elders, and on legislatures, and begin to get some action.”
Probably the most visible alarmist over global warming has been former vice president Al Gore, who reportedly has made tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars for himself. Sussman notes that Gore has said “our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands.”
Sussman even documents how Obama, as a board member for the Joyce Foundation, voted for a $1.1 million grant to launch a privately owned “Chicago Climate Exchange.”
Sussman warns it never has been about weather; it’s about control of Americans and everything they do.
“Its obvious to everyone that this global-warming facade is in meltdown mode,” said Joseph Farah, publisher of WND Books and founder and CEO of WorldNetDaily.com. “Now Brian’s important book comes along just in time to reveal exactly why this Big Lie was foisted on us and what we can do to stop it cold.”
Earth Day is all the evidence of deception needed, said Sussman. First celebrated in 1970 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of communist leader Vladimir Lenin, it was founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis.; former Stanford student body president Denis Hayes; and author and Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich.
“Lenin’s core political philosophy was linked at the hip with these newly fangled environmentalists who maintained that America’s government must be altered, its economy planned and regulated, and its citizens better controlled,” writes Sussman. “The environment would be the perfect tool to force these changes, and the most efficient way to gain converts would be through the public school system the earlier the better.”
University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit
In one of Obama’s first acts during his reign, he pushed for the 2009 “Stimulus Bill,” which allows $20 billion for programs relating to energy efficiency. $16 billion for weatherization of private home and $11 billion for “modernizing the nation’s power grid.”
Among WND’s previous reports on the global warming dispute was when Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Joe Barton, R-Texas, cited doubts about the integrity of “climate change” science when he wrote a letter demanding an accounting of U.S. taxpayer support for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC.
The controversy exploded late last year when a series of e-mails was hacked from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain that indicate scientists were hiding and manipulating data and trying to marginalize critics.
The revelations were significant, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed two findings Dec. 7 that concluded greenhouse gases in the atmosphere “threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.” The EPA’s rulings could mean thousands of dollars in additional taxes for individual consumers.
As the allegations of fraud expanded, Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., has suggested the Justice Department investigate scientists for potentially falsifying data.
The Orange County Register has posted a chart for consumers to try to keep up with all the scandals developing in the “global warming” community.
Among the scandals listed are:
ClimateGate: The scandal over the CRU e-mails from East Anglia.
FOIGate: In which British officials are investigating whether East Anglia scientists refused to follow that nation’s freedom of information law about their work.
ChinaGate: In which dozens of weather monitoring stations in rural China apparently have simply disappeared. This would lead to higher temperature averages since city levels frequently are warmer.
HimalayaGate: In which an Indian climate official admitted in January that he falsely claimed Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035 to prod governments into action.
And PachauriGates I and II, SternGates I and II, AmazonGate (in which a claim that global warming would wipe out rain forests was exposed as a fraud), PeerReviewGate, RussianGate I and II and nearly a dozen others.
WND also reported recently when the St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, the largest private coal company in the world, petitioned the EPA to re-examine its decisions in light of the controversy over the scientists’ e-mails.
The company noted the “seriousness of the flaws” in the work.
Given the EPA’s “extensive reliance” on those reports, “the “agency has no legal option but to re-examine the Endangerment Finding in light of this new information,” the petition said.
On its website, the company said the EPA’s earlier ruling “could mean regulation of hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of buildings, farms, businesses and other facilities in the U.S.”
Texas officials also have filed a lawsuit accusing the federal government of using “tainted” information to arrive at the EPA conclusion and it asks that the EPA’s decisions be set aside. Virginia’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, also filed a petition demanding the EPA reconsider its greenhouse gas finding.
The scientific community actually is anything but unanimous on climate change.
The disunity is documented by the Petition Project, launched some 10 years ago when the first few thousand signatures were gathered. The effort by Art Robinson, a research professor of chemistry and cofounder of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in 1973, now lists tens of thousands of qualified scientists who endorse the following statement:
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
Among the original e-mails hacked from East Anglia and posted online was, “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society) 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.”
None of these regulations are about solving the stated problem. Global warming data fudged? No problem, just wait a few months before making the push again to implement the solution.
These people are unrelenting in gaining control over our economy and our lives.