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Lead-Based Paint Removal and Disposal - Effective April 2010

Many structures built before 1978 have paint that contains lead.  Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint.  Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards to children and adults, if not taken care of properly.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed rules to ensure health risks are minimized during renovation of buildings that contain lead-based paint.  The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has rules in place to ensure these materials are disposed of properly.


This web site provides a summary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Pre Renovation Education (PRE) and Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulations. It also provides information regarding the state's rules to properly dispose of lead-based paint waste.  If you have specific questions regarding the PRE and RRP regulations, please contact EPA Region VIII . Visit for contact information. For questions regarding the state's hazardous waste rules, contact the DENR Waste Management Program's Hazardous Waste section at 1.605.773.3153.


Lead-Based Paint Renovation

In order to minimize potential lead hazards from renovation or repair activities, Federal law requires a two step process. The first step is that contractors must provide lead information to residents before renovating or repairing pre-1978 housing.  This is known as the PRE Program.  It requires contractors to give property owners and tenants a pamphlet titled "Renovate Right", before starting work. The second step is known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. This rule requires contractors be certified and follow lead-safe work practices.

Pre-Renovation Education (PRE) Program information

Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule information

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Disposal of Lead- and other Heavy Metal-Containing Paint Waste Debris


The disposal of lead-based paint waste, as well as paint waste containing other heavy metals, is regulated by the South Dakota DENR.  Wastes generated by industrial businesses, commercial businesses, and government institutions are subject to regulation under South Dakota's Hazardous Waste Rules.  Commercial business owners and removal contractors are required to determine if paint waste generated from nonresidential structures (such as public and commercial buildings, warehouses, bridges, water towers, and transmission towers) contains heavy metals that would cause the debris to be considered a hazardous waste.  Disposal options and applicable management requirements for collected debris will be based upon whether the waste stream is considered a hazardous waste and the amount of debris generated.  Removal contractors and building owners need to include these factors when preparing and responding to bid specifications.  Guidance for the proper management of paint debris is outlined in the Department's Paint Waste Removal Guidance document, available here:

Residential lead-based paint waste (including but not limited to, lead-based paint debris, chips, dust, and sludges) generated by contractors and home-owners as a result of activities such as the abatement, rehabilitation, renovation, and remodeling in homes and other residences (including single and multiple residences, hotels and motels, bunkhouses, ranger stations, crew quarters, campgrounds, picnic grounds, and day-use recreation areas) is not subject to regulation under South Dakota's hazardous waste rules.  Residential lead-based paint waste may be disposed of at a permitted municipal solid waste landfill.  However, large quantities, or concentrated lead-based paint debris, generated by contractors during lead abatement, remodeling, or rehabilitation work may be subject to the landfill operator's approval for disposal.

DENR's Waste Management staff can assist commercial business owners and removal contractors with questions regarding the disposal of lead-based paint debris.  For assistance with disposal options for lead-based paint debris, please contact the Waste Management Program by email or by calling (605) 773-3153.