EPA and the City of Memphis and Shelby County Partner to Address Lead in Homes


ATLANTA) – November 9, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partnering with the City of Memphis and Shelby County government to unveil a pilot program to address the renovation, repair, and painting of homes painted with lead-based paint.

“We are grateful that the EPA has recognized a need in our city and is taking steps to address it by piloting this program in Memphis,” said Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. “Appropriate training for those who will be renovating, repairing and painting homes with lead-based paint is critical to making these homes safe for some of our most vulnerable citizens. This project represents a growth opportunity for local companies and an opportunity to enhance the safety and livability of these aging homes.”

The year-long pilot program will address EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule). The rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.



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