Computers Can’t Assess Dust Exposure, Lead in Paint Coalition Says
The Lead Paint Coalition, of which PHCC is an active member, continued to encourage federal agencies to consider scientific data and research when drafting the new lead in paint rule for commercial and public buildings. In a meeting yesterday with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the coalition stressed that specific lead in paint hazards have not yet been identified in commercial and public building renovation projects.
Instead, the EPA’s framework document is depending on computer modeling to assess health risks of lead paint dust exposure in commercial and public buildings. Meanwhile, the OMB, which assists the President in preparing the federal budget and policy compliance, is considering an Information Collection Request from the EPA to gather data on renovation projects in commercial and public buildings. The information collected will be used by EPA to establish the foundation of the expanded lead in paint regulation.
PHCC National will keep members up to date as EPA may begin to contact contractors, building owners and management companies in an effort to draft a rule by spring of next year.
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