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W&D Weekly
July 20, 2011
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EPA Will Not Require Lead Clearance Testing
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will not add additional clearance testing requirements to the current Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting more
Hurd Expanding Vinyl Window Production
Hurd Windows & Doors, which acquired Superseal Windows & Doors in January, will expand its manufacturing footprint more
Marshfield DoorSystems Resumes Operations

Following an explosion July 11, most operations at Marshfield DoorSystems' plant have more

House Bill Would Prohibit Enforcement of Lead Rule Without Reliable Test Kit
The House Appropriations Committee has adopted an amendment to the Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 budget more
AAMA Reiterates Call for Congressional LRRP Review
Following up on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approval of a bill which would “defund” the Environmental Protection Agency’s LRRP more

More News
Apex Opens Expanded Headquarters
Sun Windows Partners with ScreenItAgain
Western Launches New Website
Paramount's Dudeck Passes Away
New Software for Durabuilt
DOE Launches Energy Efficiency Ad Campaign
The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
Window and door dealers are probably throwing parties as a result of EPA’s decision last week not to add lead clearance testing to LRRP rules. I don’t blame them—it’s been well documented that adding post-project clearance testing for lead dust would have added significant cost and burden to remodeling projects in pre-1978 homes.
No doubt, the decision announced this week is a significant victory for the industry associations and individual companies that banded together to communicate to our elected leaders and government officials.
The question now—as we ride the wave of excitement and success—is whether the remodeling and construction industry can have additional victories in the government and legislative realm. Will we be able to bring the “opt-out provision” back on the table and fight for homeowners who don’t have children or pregnant women in the home and are content to opt-out of lead-safe work procedures? Can LRRP requirements be kept out of the commercial side of our businesses? Should we look at other arenas?
Now that we have a voice, what should we use it for next? Please send me an email or post a comment to share.


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