The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved a step toward expanding its controversial lead-paint rule to public and commercial buildings by announcing it's thinking of using a less formulaic system to determine when the rule must be followed.

EPA's framework document outlines what it describes as a "tailored approach" to deciding when its Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting(RRP) rule will apply in public and commercial structures. To date, only homes and child-care facilities have been subject to the regulation, which has been in effect since 2010.

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