The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay enforcing a new lead-paint regulation following pressure from home builders and members of Congress.
The rule would require contractors who work in older homes to become certified by a government-approved trainer and follow a series of safety precautions.
The delay follows an outcry from businesses and trade groups, including the National Association of Home Builders, Home Depot Inc. and Lowe’s Cos., as well as lawmakers in both parties. Industry groups charged the regulation would drive up costs and expose contractors to fines and litigation. Some also contended the regulation could derail Washington’s efforts to promote energy efficiency because EPA has not approved enough instructors for the required training programs.
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