LI home remodelers struggle to meet deadline

A new rule requiring professional home remodelers to be trained to reduce the dangers of working with lead-based paint is set to go into effect soon.

However, Congressman Tim Bishop and several contractors asked for a delay in the deadline in a press conference Tuesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency created the requirement in April of 2008 to protect children from lead poisoning. To give remodelers more time, the EPA set a compliance date of April 22, 2010.

Remodelers are claiming they aren?t ready and if the EPA does enforce the deadline, more than 90 percent of Long Island remodelers won?t be able to work on homes built before 1978.

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