The decision means that builders can continue to check the post-project cleanliness of their jobs - as they have since the rule took effect a year and a half ago - by wiping work surfaces with a disposable cleaning cloth and comparing its appearance to an EPA-provided cleaning-verification card (see example, below). The agency also made minor adjustments to several other provisions of the rule, such as adding a requirement that vertical containments or the equivalent be used when outdoor work is performed within 10 feet of a property line and establishing a minimum timetable for HEPA-vac filter changes.

Long and winding road. As most readers know, the RRP took effect in April 2010. Originally, though, it was supposed to be implemented in mid-2008, more than 18 months earlier. That plan was derailed when a coalition of environmental groups - including the Sierra Club, the Center for Environmental Health, and the New York City Coalition to End...

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