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EPA Seeks Small-Biz Input on Lead Paint Use on Public, Commercial Buildings

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as consultants to a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel, as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint exposure from the renovation, repair and painting of public and commercial buildings, as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA reports.

The SBAR panel, which will include representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget and the EPA, will ask a selected group of Small Business Representatives (SERs) to provide advice and recommendations on impacts of a proposed rule on small entities involved in the renovation, repair and painting of public and commercial buildings, the EPA says.

SER panelists may participate via telephone, webinar or in person, the EPA adds.

The agency says it is seeking self-nominations from actual owners and operators of small businesses, as well as community officials and representatives of non-profit organizations in becoming an SER, particularly those that will be “directly subject to the … proposed regulation.”

“A person from a trade association that exclusively or primarily represents potentially regulated small entities may also serve as a SER,” the EPA adds.

Self-nominations may be submitted to www.epa.gov/rfa/lead-pncb.html, and must be received by May 9.

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