Wisconsin contractors can go to a state department, rather than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to get a license to work on projects that involve lead paint removal.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services became the first state department in the U.S. to get federal approval to administer and enforce new EPA lead-paint removal rules. The new federal rules expand the number and types of projects on which builders need lead paint-removal training and permits.
The new EPA painting rule includes all projects in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.
The state department’s ability to administer the program means contractors must only deal with one agency, rather than both DHS and the EPA, for lead training and permits.