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For Immediate Release: July 28, 2010
Media Contact: Nancy Gomes, 401 849-3500. nanczee24@yahoo.com

Parvo’s Paint Store Takes the Lead to Become Lead Abatement Source for Local Contractors

Middletown, RI: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), facing pressure from industry groups and members of Congress, recently delayed enforcement of the agency’s much-criticized “Lead-Safe Renovation, Repairs and Painting” (LRRP) rule until October 1. That’s a good thing for area building and painting contractors because there is a lot of confusion about the rule. Bill Parvo of Parvo’s Paint & Flooring store in Middletown, RI has stepped up to help contractors work their way through the bureaucracy by offering workshops, information, and required supplies.

To protect against lead-paint related risks, on April 22, 2008, the EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 had to get certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

The lead-safe rule had drawn fire from affected trade associations and some major retailers, who said the measure unduly burdened contracting businesses and warned that compliance would drive up the cost of remodeling and repairs. “This is most certainly true here, especially in the older neighborhoods of Newport,” commented Bill Parvo’s, owner of Parvo’s Paint.

News of the delay was welcomed by local home builders and painters. Gerry Campbell of Campbell Painting, who has been restoring historic homes in the area for more than 25 years said, “This will provide much-needed time to get our people trained – and for the EPA to get the word out to consumers about the importance of hiring a certified contractor.”

“We need to get significantly more area contractors to take the training course and get certified and we also need to make sure that affected homeowners understand that they could be levied substantial fines if their contractor is not certified,” added Parvo. Parvo wants to make sure that all the painting contractors on Aquidneck Island have ready access to the information and supplies they need to comply. He has a handy flier available that clearly outlines the requirements for certification as well as a list of the supplies needed to comply. He has already organized one training course, which drew good attendance, but there are many more contractors who don’t even know where to start the process. They should call Parvo at 401 849-3500 or visit the store at 679 West Main Road.

More information on “How to Comply”
Renovation contractors, maintenance workers, painters and other specialty trades, or anyone who works closely with paint removal, will need to attend a training course to receive a certificate that acknowledges they understand the new rule and proper procedures.

The courses are designed for those responsible for removing or modifying painted surfaces and outline procedures that meet the requirements of the EPA.

Those who successfully complete the course are issued the required certificate validating they have completed an accredited EPA-Certified renovator course.

For more information on lead compliance visit www.epa.gov.

 

Parvo's Paint & Wallpaper Center • 679 West Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842 • Tel: 401-849-3500 • Fax: 401-849-9380 • Email: store@parvospaint.com