Action Requested: U.S. EPA Seeks Input on Plans to Regulate Lead Paint Work in Buildings

AGC asking members to help shape federal lead paint policy.

You have a unique opportunity as AGC members and business leaders to directly shape Federal lead paint policy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as consultants for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead based paint exposure from the renovation, repair, and painting of public and commercial buildings. EPA has until July 1, 2015, per a legal settlement agreement, to propose an approach to regulating lead paint dust in commercial and public buildings (during both exterior and interior work); final action – if more rules are deemed necessary -- is due by Dec. 31, 2016. Click here for the full story.

The SBAR Panel will include representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and EPA. The Panel will ask a selected group of Small Entity Representatives (SERs) to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community, or organization to inform the Panel on impacts of a proposed rule on small entities involved in the renovation, repair, and painting of public and commercial buildings. SER panelists may participate via telephone or webinar, as well as in person. For this rulemaking effort, small businesses directly subject to the rule may include building construction with $33.5 million or less in annual average receipts; specialty trade contractors with $14 million or less; lessors of non-residential buildings and dwellings with $25.5 million or less; non-residential property managers with $2 million or less; and facilities support services with $35.5 million or less. (Information about what constitutes a "small business" is available at the Small Business Administration's website.)

Anyone who would like to participate as a SER panelist representing our Association, please take the following actions by May 9, 2014:

Thank you for your help and participation in this important initiative.

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