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Since early in 2013, PHCCVA has been tracking the potential elimination of the CEU program for tradesmen as suggested by the epartment of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Board for Contractors. DPOR introduced a 30-day “Public Comment” period that ended on February 27. Many contractors expressed support for maintaining the CEU program, however, the Board decided to go forward with a “Proposed Regulatory Change”that will eliminate the CEU programs for all trades except water-well drillers and elevator mechanics (those CEU’s were written into the law when they got their licensing passed by the General Assembly a couple of years ago).
The “Proposed Regulatory Change” has to go through several stages and when complete will be published in the Virginia Register followed by new a “Public Comment” period and several Public hearings across the state. It is imperative that PHCCVA be present at the public hearings to state the case for maintaining and enhancing CEUs.
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to push for implementation of the lead standard in January 2014.
The rule, which took effect on April 22, 2010, requires that remodelers and contractors working in homes built before 1978, be trained and certified by the EPA on lead-safe work practices before they can legally work in those homes. The rule is known as the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (LRRP).
On July 6, 2010, EPA removed the “opt-out” provision in the LRRP that allowed remodelers working in a home built prior to 1978 to forego more expensive work practices according to the owner’s wish if no children under the age of six or pregnant women resided there. By removing the opt-out provision, EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP, and the agency has estimated this will add more than $336 million per year in compliance costs to the remodeling community. Further, EPA has failed to approve a test kit that meets the “false positive” and “false negative” criteria stated in the regulation.
By not performing a study of lead exposure rates from work on commercial and public buildings, the agency has also exceeded its mandate granted by Congress by starting the process of extending the LRRP to those structures through an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the exterior of commercial and public buildings.