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Lowe’s to Pay Record $500K Penalty Over Subs’ Lead-Paint Rule Violations

EPA cites job practice and recordkeeping infractions by contractors that Lowe's uses More

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Buyer's Guide to HEPA Vacuums for RRP Work

With the enactment last spring of the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP)... More

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Tools Up Close: Kett Dust-Collecting Saw

Even though the Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saw has been around for 20-plus years, few... More

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Cutting Edge: Confusion Surrounds Lead Rule

By now, everyone involved in residential remodeling should know about the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. As of midsummer there were still plenty of questions and confusion regarding the requirements for tools and equipment. In particular the government was still in the process of clarifying for carpenters, plumbers, painters, electricians, and other residential contractors how the cleanup and disposal of waste materials and workplace dust and debris should be handled. More

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List of Lead RRP Rule Vacuums

With all of the confusion surrounding the new requirements for remodeling work in houses built before 1978, one of the biggest sources of confusion we hear about is the HEPA vac requirement. More

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