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The lead paint debate heats back up

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 1:07:52 PM

Lead paint was common in many homes built over the last century. But in 1977, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead paint from homes, toys, and furniture, but the debate over the paint remains. 

In June, the National Association of Home Builders testified in front of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, according to The subject of contention was lead paint legislation, and the NAHB believes the rules prevent consumer's from having a choice, and that the testing equipment used to provide the data on lead paint is faulty.

An addition to the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule in April 2010 removes an opt-clause for homes without pregnant women or children under the age of six, and the NAHB wants it reinstated.

"With the removal of the opt-out provision, those homeowners no longer have the option of foregoing the costs of compliance with RRP when hiring a professional remodeler to work on an older house," said William Shaw, of William Shaw and Associates.

Lead paint arguments have spread to Wisconsin, as well, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A budget item blocked lead paint lawsuits in the state, and a legal battle has begun attempting to overturn it. A pending lawsuit brought forth by 171 children sickened by lead paint is believed to be the cause of the change, and many people aren't happy.

If you are a homeowner considering home improvement financing, check your state's legislation in regards to all safety regulations before starting.