Housing First Minnesota submitted a list of 23 proposed improvements for Minnesota’s draft Lead Paint (RRP) Rules to the Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday. The proposed improvements would better align Minnesota’s draft RRP Rules to the EPA Rule in place for nearly a decade.
“By more closely aligning Minnesota’s RRP Rules with the EPA Rule, the Department of Health will help to ensure greater compliance with the Minnesota Rules once enacted as well as keeping remodeling a pre-1978 home affordable for the greatest number of Minnesotans,” Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, said in the memo.
The proposed improvements would provide the same health and safety protections while reducing costs under the draft RRP Rules.
The memo follows an industry meeting hosted by Housing First Minnesota on Wednesday that included BATC-Housing First Minnesota members and representatives of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry – Minnesota Chapter, Minnesota Association of REALTORS and the Minnesota Multi Housing Association.
In addition to the RRP memo, Housing First Minnesota also submitted official comments on Minnesota’s draft water reuse policy. In its letter, Housing First Minnesota advocated for a more balanced approach that encourages water reuse.
The final water reuse policy will outline which state agencies have administrative authority future water reuse rulemaking and performance requirements, including for stormwater irrigation reuse and water reuse in homes.
BATC-Housing First Minnesota Members can receive copies of the comments submitted to state agencies by contacting Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, at nick@HousingFirstMN.org.
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson