I don't know how many of you out there know this but on April 22nd of this year there is a new EPA law that will take effect. All homes built before 1978 must follow new Federal guide lines for any building or remodeling.
Any work done on any home must follow the new law. This includes all interior work and exterior work. All work must be done by a Certified lead safe Renovator or Lead safe Company.
Homeowner's in Wisconsin cannot opt-out. The best part is that every home built before 1978 is considered to have lead because Wisconsin has not Approved a test kit to prove they don't. Wisconsins standards are 10 times stricter then the Federal standards.
I am a small builder in Sussex WI. and I want to let you know that this law will increase labor costs by Apporx. 15 to 50% depending on whats involved. There are so many guide lines to follow that this is going to make it very costly to all homeowner's. If the guide lines are not followed the fine is up to $32,000.00.
I have taken the course and have my Certification. I want to say I understand trying to make things better for our children but you are going to be shocked next time you have work done on your pre 1978 home / cottage. This law also includes homeowner's doing their own work you can't if you are not certifided. I cannot belive that the Goverment has not been letting the public in on this. I've seen no mention of this any where they are leaving it up to the builders to tell the homeowner's. Thanks Tom Balestrieri