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What is the difference between Lead-Based Paint Activities (Abatement) and Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP)?

Answer: Abatement is a specialized activity designed to address lead in the home. RRP activities (including most home contracting work) disturb paint as a consequence of the activity, but they are often undertaken for reasons unrelated to lead issues. View more information about distinctions between the 2 activities.

Question Number: 23002-37001

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