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Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule Webinar hosted by EPA


September 21, 2010
Questions about the new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule??  This will be a great, informative session to help answer them.

Tammy Moore, of EPA Region 5's Lead Program, will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, October 28th, at 2:00 pm Central time titled "Updates to the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule." 

Please note that she is specifically targeting an audience with special interests, including deconstruction and historic preservation for the 10/28 webinar; other similar webinars that week are targeted toward other audiences (see info below for details).  Please spread the word -- this is an opportunity to learn more about the RRP Rule and participate in a live Q and A session.

You must register in advance for the 10/28 webinar at  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Tammy Moore at 312-886-6181.

LEAD AWARENESS WEEK (October 25th-29th): There will be five consecutive webinars held during “Lead Awareness Week” targeting specific audiences that are affected by the RRP Rule.

The Webinar will cover-
·      An overview of the RRP rule
·      New Changes to the RRP rule
·      Compliance to the RRP rule
·      Enforcement of the RRP Rule in Region 5

The Webinars will address specifically how the rule affects the targeted audience to facilitate more informative information sharing during the Q and A sessions.  

Space is limited!  Reserve your Webinar seat now at the link next to the appropriate date:
October 25th, 2010- Landlords and Childcare Centers
October 26th, 2010- RRP Contractors
October 27th, 2010-State and Local Health Agencies
October 28th, 2010-Special Interest (Historic Preservationist, Deconstruction Industry, NGO’s)
October 29th, 2010-Housing and Permitting Professionals

*Each Webinar will be held at 2:00 p.m. central time, and will be 90 minutes long.  Q and A session will follow each presentation.

New EPA Lead Paint Regulations


June 01, 2010

Will the new lead paint regulations keep us safe and healthy? Will they be cost-effective? Will they encourage Demolition as opposed to Deconstruction?

Renovation, repair, and painting has gotten a little bit safer with the newest EPA lead paint regulations which can be found in the "Amendment to Opt-Out and Recordkeeping Provisions." Currently lead poisoning is still the most widespread environmental disease affecting Americans, children and adults alike. As we all know, lead paint can have catastrophic effects on young children, thus, the recent amendment seeks to lessen the chances of putting children under the age of 6 and pregnant women in harms way. The regulation will do away with the "opt-out" provision and instead hold any contractors/landlords responsible for performing renovation, repair or painting projects that could potentially disturb lead based paint in homes, schools, apartment buildings or child care facilities built before 1978. Exceptions to the rule include repairing less than six square feet of an interior, less than twenty square feet of an exterior or if the child occupied facility or home were built after 1978.

To perform the projects successfully and legally, the contractors/landlords must be certified & follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Under new regulation, there are very specific methods for setting up a containment area, disposing of waste and cleaning up which must all be supervised by the "Renovator." Other changes to take place will be the prohibition of open-flame burning of lead-based paint, allowing only HEPA exhaust controlled power tools for removal, and the operation of heat guns will be strictly limited to 1,100 degrees Farenheit or below on lead-based paint. Along with new work practices and certification standards, contractors/landlords must also provide the owner, occupants, and/or operator of child-occupied facility with a copy of the records which verify compliance.

By July 6th, contractors will need to complete the application for certification and at least one employee will need to be licensed as a "Certified Renovator." This single employee must attend an eight-hour class with two hours of hands-on training to be certified for five years. Upon certification, the "Renovator" will then be presented with the task of educating and training co-workers as well as supervising work practices and cleaning. To re-validate their certification after the five years is up, the "Renovator" must participate in a four-hour continuing education refresher course.

Noncompliance comes with an expensive price-tag, can range to upwards of $37,000/day, and if a child comes into contact with lead particles or contracts lead poisoning, this will now leave the contractor legally liable.

If you have any more questions pertaining to the new regulations, click here to see the new EPA policy in full.

April 22nd-23rd: Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum.


March 09, 2010

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, keep this outstanding event in mind when mapping out your plans. On April 22nd and 23rd, the Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum will be held at the Chicago headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and hosted by USEPA Region 5 Land and Chemicals Division, Region 5 Brownfields Program, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, and Office of Brownfields & Land Revitalization.

"The Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum will provide an excellent opportunity to establish a regional dialogue among local-level decision makers and look at new initiatives and challenges related to:

· evaluating successful strategies to incorporate deconstruction into communities’ efforts to manage abandoned buildings,
· evaluating economic viability of deconstruction on municipal projects,
· encouraging deconstruction, reuse, and recycling in the community, and
· creating local jobs through deconstruction."

If you have some experience with deconstruction, this event would be extremely valuable to consider attending. There are only fifty spots available to encourage an educated discussion and information-sharing event for individuals and communities that already have some experience in deconstruction. If you would like to attend, April 1st is the deadline for registration.

If you are in the Chicago area already and are looking for a more introductory level event, perhaps look into attending the 3rd annual 'Green Your Footprint' held at the Flair Tower which is the newest LEED certified residential building in Chicago.

As it gets closer to Earth Day 2010, check back here for information on more exceptional events taking place around the nation and globe!

EPA press release honors PlanetReuse for building material reuse efforts


November 26, 2008


(Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 30, 2008) - The Planet Reuse Project in Kansas City, Mo., and the Greensburg, Kan., Arts Center, designed by the University of Kansas Studio 804, have been recognized for Lifestyle Building Challenge 2 (LBC2) Awards.

LBC2 is a partnership of EPA, the Building Materials Reuse Association, the American Institute of Architects, Southface, West Coast Green, and StopWaste.Org. The partnership invited professionals and students nationwide to submit designs that support cost-effective disassembly and reuse of building materials.

The PlanetReuse Project received the top award in the Professional Built category for their Material Reuse Tool. The tool is an on-line resource that provides homeowners, architects, deconstruction professionals and local municipalities with an industry solution to find, sustainably deconstruct and reclaim building materials. Planet Reuse has supported the reuse of more than 20,100 tons of building materials to reduce more than 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The concept removes common barriers associated with material reuse.


Images from EPA Waste Wise Award Ceremony


November 21, 2008
Recently PlanetReuse recieved an award from the EPA in Washington, DC! Here are the pictures from the event (little dark hoping for better ones to come.)

CEO Brad Hardin recieving the award

The event was great as a number of industry manufacturers and businesses have committed themselves to sustainable manufacturing and managing the waste from their processes. Of course, PlanetReuse was recieving an Innovation award for sustainably using reclaimed materials!


Roderick Bates -Kieran Timberlake, Michael Mariano-Schemata, Pam Swingle-EPA, Brad Hardin-PlanetReuse, Benno van Noort-Van Noort Designs LLC

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