Georgia is the 12th U.S. state to be authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency to administer and enforce its own Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program that operates in lieu of the EPA’s regulations.
Georgia’s program will be administered by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and will be at least as protective as the EPA’s regulations with adequate enforcement, Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens certified.
The other U.S. states that administer their own RRP Programs with links to the program websites are listed here:
The EPA indicates that after a state receives this type of authorization, contractors and training professionals working and consumers living in that state should contact the program office in the state for more information.
Information about Georgia’s new program, including information on applying for certification or training, is available from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Lead-based Paint and Asbestos Program, phone 404/363-7026; website: http://www.gaepd.org/.
Georgia’s authorization became effective upon EPA’s receipt of the state’s certified Renovation Authorization Application, which was submitted by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the EPA Region 4 office in Atlanta said.
The RRP program mandates that contractors, property managers and others working for compensation in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be trained and use lead-safe work practices.
They are also required to provide the lead pamphlet Renovate Right; Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools to owners and occupants before beginning renovation work.
More information about lead-based paint and EPA’s lead program: www.epa.gov/lead.