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Every April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day, This is set aside to remember or continue to do something nice for mother earth.
Boise, Idaho was still able to muster enough interest for an event that celebrates sustainability in all of its forms called the Idaho Green Fest.
The RRP Rule 2014
Back in 2010 the EPA established federal guidelines for dealing with Lead Based Paint. It chimes in with the outlawing of Lead Based Paint manufacturing which went into effect in December of 1977. This is the rule that designates all homes built before 1978 as completely leaded until proven otherwise.
Boise’s building department is still allowing the EPA to enforce their own rules because we Idahoans don’t want the government interfering with our lives. Other than the federal mandate, there is no local oversight or requirement to participate. Now that reports of huge fines are starting to seep out into the media, remodelers are starting to come out of the woodwork to have testing done.
Others choose to live in denial and would rather wait to get caught red handed then plea ignorance of the law. Those of you that are still holding your breath hoping that the EPA will go away should probably take a breath.
Levco is continuing to be involved
I have been doing my due diligence and testing all of our pre-1978 homes, we have been following RRP rules as part of our process.
We are recycling and repurposing at every opportunity. We even had an unknown neighbor (who I have named “Freddie the Freeloader”) off a failed freezer knowing full well that we would properly dispose of it.
Here is an image of the claw assisting me with removal of over a ton of metal from my truck. (The funds go the celebration fund)
We have planted 3 nice trees this month at various projects and are encouraging folks to leave the earth uncovered as much as possible so it can breathe.
Every so often, we are asked to assist with a Lead Based Paint demolition project to give advice or assist.
I saved 5 vintage doors from the scrap yard to so some repurposing with.
My hat is off to Gail & Carter Duke of Lead Locators LLC who have consistently helped folks learn and understand the prevalence, as well as the health and safety risks associated with lead based paint through testing and reports that clearly state the location of lead based paint.