LEAD PAINT NEWS
EPA Urges Caution on Tornado Renovation Activities Involving
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 7 office has issued
a warning to those working on the post-tornado recovery effort in the
Joplin, Mo., area to beware of lead paint issues, along with the rules
related to emergency situations.
“As the Joplin, Mo., area continues to recover from the May 22 tornado,
EPA Region 7 recommends children and pregnant women keep away from work
that could disturb lead-based paint,” writes the EPA’s Region 7. “The
agency also urges persons working on construction surfaces that may contain
lead-based paint to take precautions to prevent the spread of lead-contaminated
dust, which is the most significant source of lead exposure for children.”
In addition, EPA points out that because of the nature of the recovery
work going on in Joplin, certain emergency provisions of the Renovation,
Repair and Paining (RRP) rule may apply. Work covered under the rule’s
provision for storm-damaged housing does not require advance notice or
trained renovators to remove materials, including debris, from damaged
homes, according the EPA. Also, emergency renovation activities are exempt
from the rule’s warning sign, containment, waste-handling, training and
certification requirements—but only to the extent necessary to respond
to the emergency. However, EPA officials say the cleaning, cleaning verification
and record-keeping requirements in the RRP rule still apply to emergency
Volunteers who do not receive compensation for work are not required to
be trained and certified under the rule, according to EPA, though EPA
officials recommend that volunteers educate themselves about lead-safe
work practices to avoid causing health or safety hazards for themselves
CSBR and Athena Sustainable Materials Institute End LCA Program Attempts
to Promote Wood as Green Building Material
Officials from the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at
the University of Minnesota and the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
say they will no longer move forward with the development of the proposed
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of North American Residential and Commercial
Windows project, citing a lack of funding from the industry.
“With financial support from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National
Fenestration Rating Council we were able to develop a Life Cycle Goal
and scope specification document, as well as a work plan and preliminary
budget document,” says Kerry Haglund of the CSBR. “This was to be a phased
project with Phase I essentially being the cradle-to-gate impacts and
Phase II quantifying the cradle-to-grave impacts. Phase I and II would
both need to be done for a complete LCA study. We were able to identify
a cooperative effort with National Institute for Standards and Technology
(NIST)/Four Elements, which would have resulted in up to a $72,500 overall
Haglund explains that the DOE made a major contribution to launch this
specific LCA program, but, for other building industry materials and assemblies,
LCA work is funded completely by industry groups.
“We have had the benefit of governmental support to begin the process.
DOE has made it very clear that it will financially support Phase II only
if the industry financially supports the remainder of Phase I,” she says.
“We have not had the commitment necessary from industry to support Phase
I. Therefore we have missed the opportunity for the cooperative effort
with NIST and will not have the financial support from DOE for Phase II.”
Several industry groups considered supporting program, including the American
Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North
America, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Window and
Door Manufacturers Association.
LCA is an analytical method used to comprehensively quantify and interpret
the environmental flows to and from the environment (including emissions
to air, land and water, as well as the consumption of energy and material
resources), over the entire life cycle of a product (or process or service).
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