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EPA Extends Lead Paint Re-certification for Renovators. EPA extended certifications for thousands of renovators under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule, effective April 16, 2015. The extension will allow as many people as possible to take advantage of pending cost-saving revisions to the federal requirements for refresher training – a course which certified renovators must complete to maintain their “lead-safe certified renovator” status. More information.

The US EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers release final rule redefining “Waters of the United States.” May 27, 2015. The ruling will determine when permits would be applicable for construction work in and around these water bodies. For more information, see: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule.

Changes to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect January, 2014. You must comply with the new standards if you introduce into commerce any pipe or plumbing product providing water for human consumption or are engaged in the installation or repair of any plumbing providing water for human consumption. For more information, review EPA's:

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