Monday, July 12, 2010

Policy Updates - What do you think should be addressed?

In the past couple of weeks, both the NGA and WDDA (in addition to other industry groups) have submitted comments to the EPA. A brief update:

  • The NGA submitted comments to the EPA on behalf of its commercial glazing members. NGA members responded to the NGA’s letter writing campaign in force, and the NGA submitted an industry response, along with letters from member companies, to EPA headquarters. The campaign, and comments to the EPA, was in response to the EPA's April 23 release that included a proposed action that would, if adopted, directly impact the commercial glazing industry.

    The NGA recommended either the elimination of the proposal or that the EPA work with the industry to ensure that the rules impacting the glazing industry have the appropriate standards. The NGA and its commercial glazing members asked the EPA to allow the glazing industry some much-needed breathing room to ensure that the increased regulatory burden does not negatively impact an industry already struggling with the downfall in commercial construction.

  • A delegation from the WDDA visited EPA headquarters to deliver the organization's official response to the EPA's request for comments on proposed lead clearance testing rules under its Renovation, Repair and Paint program. The WDDA group also brought nearly 200 letters gathered from dealers around the country discussing the impact of agency's lead paint rules on business to date.

    WDDA comments included data from the recent WDDA survey. Respondent's feedback was overwhelmingly adverse about the new rules, ranging from substantial increases in both hard and soft costs on each job (over and above EPA’s own estimate of a $250 incremental increase), to anecdotal accounts of lost business and other serious repercussions from the rule. The WDDA urged EPA officials to read the letters from window and door dealers, expressing concern about the broad application and lack of flexibility of the RRP rules, and the "unintended consequences that are costing jobs, harming our industry and, by extension, hurting the nation’s economic recovery."
These are just 2 issues the NGA and WDDA are watching and actively campaigning against. Do you have a legislative issue you think should be addressed? If so post here or email

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