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Lead-Based Paint Abatement and Evaluation Program: Overview

If you are an abatement or evaluation firm, then we recommend you read through all of the subjects below to learn how to fulfill your legal requirements to protect yourself, your employees and your clients from the dangers of lead exposure.

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EPA’s Lead Abatement Program regulations provide a framework for lead abatement, risk assessment and inspections. Those performing these services are required to be trained and certified by EPA or an authorized State. States may, upon approval, receive authorization to carry out their own program in lieu of the federal program.


What Kind of Work Is Covered by Lead-Based Paint Activity Regulations?

Lead-based paint regulations apply to inspection, risk assessment, project design and abatement activities in pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities (but not to renovation, repair and painting projects).

Who Administers the Lead-Based Paint Activities Program?

EPA administers the lead-based paint activities program only where states, territories or tribes are not authorized by EPA to operate their own lead abatement programs. The states administered by EPA are Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. In addition, EPA administers the lead-based paint program in the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as most Tribal Lands.

All other states have EPA-authorized lead-based paint programs. Additionally, the Cherokee Nation, Upper Sioux Community, Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe - Boise Forte (Nett Lake) have EPA-authorized lead-based paint programs. Below are links to the authorized lead-based paint programs.

Lead-Based Paint Abatement Programs Authorized by EPA

Find state resources and/or programs for testing schools and child care facilities. 

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