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Local firm ready to help home owners comply with new EPA lead paint rules

Local firm ready to help home owners comply with new EPA lead paint rules

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:16 am

WCP 7.27.10 The Weakley County business owner of Picture Perfect Painting & Decorating Company announced today that his painting and lead management services company will begin operating immediately to help home owners, contractors, rental property owners, and realtors to comply with the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) that will be enforced beginning Oct. 1, 2010. 
The new company will provide contract services in West Tennessee and Kentucky as an EPA Certified Lead Renovator and Certified Lead Dust Sampling Technician. 
Business owner Harry Dale Fortner recently successfully completed courses created by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and provided by Mississippi State University to earn certification as a Certified Lead Renovator and Certified Lead Dust Sampling Technician.
The RRP rule requires that any remodeling or renovation that disturbs more than two (2) square feet of painted surface on buildings built before 1978 must be performed by or under the supervision of a Certified Lead Renovator. 
The RRP rule also requires that all of those remodeling projects must be registered with the EPA and upon completion be certified to be clean of lead by a Certified Lead Dust Sampling Technician or Certified Lead Inspector. 
Failure to comply with the rule can result in fines over $25,000 per day. 
The RRP rule will affect building owners, buyers, renters, landlords, realtors and anyone performing remodeling and renovation projects like carpenters, plumbers, painters, and window installers.  
The EPA encourages all property owners, buyers and renters to check for lead before renting, buying or renovating pre-1978 housing. 
The EPA Federal law requires Landlords to disclose information on lead based paint and lead based paint hazards before leases take effect. 
Property sellers are required to disclose information on lead based paint and lead paint hazards before selling a house. 
Renovators who may disturb two (2) square feet or more of any painted surfaces are required to disclose lead paint hazards to their customers, provide federal education materials, and perform their project in compliance with the EPA RRP Rule.
Building owners, buyers, landlords, realtors and anyone performing remodeling projects can contact Dale Fortner for information about the EPA RRP rule and his business, Painting and Lead Management Services Company, at 731-364-9900 or by email at dfortner@frontier.com.

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