Your article "Lead-Safe Remodeling" (JLC Report, 1/11) contains several unflattering characterizations of those of us who have yet to complete the EPA lead safe training courses. Apparently we "don't talk to other remodelers, don't read any trade publications, and are just now hearing about the rule from someone down at the lumberyard." Or worse yet, we've "made a conscious decision to work outside the rules and hope [we] don't get caught."

I would guess that there are quite a few who are very aware of the new regulations and are just trying to find the time to take a day away from work to attend the course - as well as figure out how to work yet another cost into our already burdensome expense outlay. While most people's wages have frozen or shrunk and home values have declined,...

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