In the article "Lead-Safe Remodeling" (JLC Report, 1/11), you state: "In Illinois ... a positive test for lead means that any demolition must be performed by a lead-remediation firm, leaving the remodeler shut out of the job until that phase is complete. If no testing takes place, the demo work can be done by any EPA-certified renovator working in accordance with the RRP."
I have passed the certified renovator course in Illinois and I believe that this is not an accurate statement. The EPA regional contact for lead for the state of Illinois confirmed that if a certified renovator - with the permission of the homeowner and using an approved test kit - gets a positive result, he or she can proceed with demo in...
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