EPA Announces Public Regulatory Reform Meetings

On Wednesday, April 19, the EPA announced its intent to hold public regulatory reform meetings following the Executive Order issued on February 24. The meetings will address possible changes in the regulations governing toxic substances and, importantly, lead safety.

“Consistent with Executive Order 13777, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is hosting two meetings on May 1, 2017, to solicit input on regulations promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome.”

While the OCSPP is holding two public meetings on May 1, 2017, it is the second meeting that is most relevant to lead renovators and lead safety professionals.

“The second meeting will be held from 1pm to 2:30pm and will address regulations promulgated under TSCA Subchapter IV (Lead Exposure Reduction). These regulations address implementation of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program, Lead Abatement Program, Residential Lead-based Paint Disclosure Rule, and Residential Hazard Standards for Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil.”

The EPA would like the public to participate in both public reform meetings, either in person or via teleconference, so that it can listen and learn from those directly impacted by the regulations. In the release, it has been outlined how you can get involved and make your voice heard.

“We invite you to provide input on these actions during the public meeting/teleconference or by submitting written comments to the EPA-wide docket using docket number: EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190. The docket, which is accessible through www.regulations.gov,  will remain open through May 15, 2017. OCSPP will give equal consideration to input provided through either of these methods.

Additional information on joining the meetings (in person and via teleconference) and submitting written comments through the docket is below. For questions about this process, please contact Darlene Leonard at leonard.darlene@epa.gov. For more information about this effort, please visit https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform.”