NAHB Announced last week that is is joining a coalition of housing industry groups in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for removing the “opt-out” provision from its Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule.

EPA enacted the rule on April 22, 2010, but recently delayed enforcing the licensing portion of the rule until October 1, 2010. However, the rule itself is in effect and contractors working on homes built before 1978 are required to comply.

The opt-out provision would have allowed contractors and homeowners to mutually agree to opt out of complying with the rule. By removing the opt-out provision, NAHB Chairman Bob Jones says EPA is “more than doubling the number of homes subject to the regulation.”

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