Rochester community still unaware of EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting Law

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Rochester Community Still Unaware of EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting Law

On April 22, 2010, the EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) legislation made RRP certification mandatory for renovators who disturb paint in pre-1978 and child-occupied facilities. Despite the new regulation, many homeowners and contractors are still unaware of the new legislation and how it will affect them.

Rochester, New York (April 29, 2010) – Nearly a week after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair & Painting law went into effect, many Rochester contractors and homeowners still have not heard of it. The law impacts roughly two-thirds of US homes, yet many local residents are unaware of the law and the additional requirements for home and building contractors.

As of April 22, 2010, all contractors who disturb paint in pre-1978 and child-occupied facilities with more than 6 square feet per room or 20 square feet outside must be RRP trained and certified. The legislation requires all firms and their employees to be properly trained to use lead-safe work practices in an effort to minimize lead exposure to building occupants. Certification is achieved by successfully completing an 8-hour training course offered by an EPA-accredited training provider like Cornerstone Training Institute.

"Even with the new law in place, I’m astounded by the number of people in Rochester who are completely oblivious to its existence," said Darren Yehl, President and Training Director at Cornerstone Training Institute. "There really hasn’t been a whole lot of media coverage regarding the new RRP law, so unless you’re familiar with environmental safety and lead removal, you probably aren’t up-to-speed on the new regulation."

The RRP bill affects thousands of contractors in renovation, remodeling, painting, window replacement, plumbing, electrical work, heating & air-conditioning, demolition, plus work performed by trades like carpenters, electricians and handymen. The rule also applies to individuals working for rental property owners, schools, day care providers, non-profits, and government agencies.

"Lead exposure is a serious health hazard that we all need to be conscious of," said Yehl. "Even though you don’t need to be certified as a homeowner, you should make sure that any contractor working at your home is RRP certified. This way you can ensure that the individuals working on your home will take all necessary precautions to keep your family safe."

Cornerstone Training Institute has been filling multiple RRP classes a day due to the new regulation, but there are still hundreds of contractors who have not yet met RRP requirements. Contractors who violate the RRP regulation face fines in excess of $32,000 per violation per day. "We’re doing everything we can to make sure contractors receive the lead-safe certification required by law," said Kevin Hutton, Vice President of Cornerstone Training Institute. "We know some people can’t make classes during the day, so we started offering night classes and outreach locations. We’re also providing customized EPA-certified classroom training for area businesses."

To register for RRP certification classes online, go to, call 585-319-3625, or visit the Cornerstone Training Institute at 1680 Lyell Avenue, Suite 200, Rochester, New York 14606. To find out more about the RRP law, visit

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