Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
If the work requires opening a wall or two, you could very quickly hit the 6 sq ft limit. I very much doubt the EI will simply ignore the issue under the guise of "it's not electrical work".
In some places you are probably right.

I can promise you the State EI's here only enforce the NEC and the State electrical act. They have no other authority. If they have concerns of someones health that is not directly impacted by things electrical in nature - they must act on their own and not as an Electrical Division employee. If one of them is concerned about lead or asbestos, they about need to contact the health department and let them handle it, they have no authority to shut down a project over such issues otherwise.