Small Business Owners Invited to Serve on Lead Paint Panel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited small businesses to participate as consultants to a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint dust during the renovation, repair, and painting of the exterior of public and commercial buildings.

The SBAR panel will include representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and EPA. The panel will ask a selected group of small entity representatives (SER) to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community, or organization to inform the panel about the impacts of a proposed rule on small entities involved in the renovation, repair, and painting of the exterior of public and commercial buildings. SERs may participate by telephone, webinar, or in person.

EPA seeks self-nominations directly from small businesses, governments, and organizations that may be subject to the rule requirements to aid in the selection of SERs. An entity is eligible to be an SER if it will be directly subject to the particular proposed regulation under development and meets one of the Small Business Administration’s definitions to qualify as a small entity.

EPA usually prefers to have the owners or operators of small businesses, community officials, and nonprofit organizations participate for this purpose. However, a person from a trade association that exclusively or primarily represents potentially regulated small entities may also serve as an SER.

Self-nominations may be submitted at this EPA website and must be received by Dec. 3, 2010. For more information, visit www.epa.gov.sbrefa/faq.htm.

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