EPA to review more chemicals in home improvement products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is taking a closer look at new uses of glymes, chemicals used in a wide array of consumer products that include paints and coatings, adhesives and household batteries, as well as printing ink and motor vehicle brake systems.
The EPA’s proposed action is based in part on concerns that additional uses of these 14 chemicals in consumer products could lead to harmful reproductive and developmental health effects, the announcement said.
“This proposed rule would enable [the] EPA to evaluate the use of these chemicals before Americans are subject to additional exposure to them in numerous consumer products” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We need to take a closer look at the potential health effects that additional exposure to these chemicals could have.”
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Suspect uses PVC pipe to steal copper
A man in Linden, N.J. was arrested July 9 for allegedly stealing copper pipes from a Home Depot sore by stuffing them in PVC piping, according to an article in the Verona-Cedar Grove Times.
William Mueller, 35, was observed by a store loss-prevention officer, who said he observed the suspect put the copper pipes, valued at $1,876, inside of PVC pipes and then use caps for the ends to conceal the copper. The store called police, and Mueller was arrested as he was leaving the store after purchasing just the PVC pipe. He is being charged with third-degree shoplifting.
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NARI points to pitfalls of EPA rules on lead renovation
The EPA plans to add stricter regulations to its year-old Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule. Contractors will be required to perform “lead clearance testing” as part of renovation projects on houses built before 1978.
After surveying remodeling contractors nationwide, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry said the new legislation will significantly raise the cost of home renovations, and is expected to be both detrimental to small remodeling businesses and potentially harmful to homeowners.
“Lead clearance testing only applies to contractors, not to homeowners,” said David Merrick, president of Merrick Design and Build Inc. in Kensington, Md. “Once homeowners discover this loophole, they often choose to do the demolition or project work themselves to save on costs. Ultimately they risk lead exposure because homeowners are not trained in lead-safe work practices.” NARI cited particular concern about the effect that this consequentially improper lead safety may have on children and pregnant women.
Small businesses will also suffer due to the new regulations, NARI said. Regulation-compliant small business owners, struggling to remain within the constraints of already tight remodeling budgets, will be negatively affected as homeowners choose to cut costs by hiring non-compliant contractors, undertaking remodeling projects themselves, or deciding against renovation altogether.
According to the recent government census, nearly 85% of U.S. remodeling businesses are not registered as certified firms with the EPA, and those businesses that are certified will still have to be re-trained because of the passage of new regulations.
The regulations pose a new threat to a recovering housing industry, which otherwise is predicted to have some modest growth in the coming years, NARI said.
The effects of the rule and
The effects of the rule and the proposed amendments that NARI points out are valid and have been experienced and expressed by many contractors who are trying to comply. There are already many other effects this RRP rule is having. The blog at the following link discusses many of these effects and contains links to additional information: http://www.shawnmccadden.com/rrpedia/bid/44868/EPA-RRP-Enforcement-Has-Started-But-You-Ain-t-Seen-Nothing-Yet Shawn McCadden www.shawnmccadden.com