The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it has taken enforcement actions against 16 firms for violations of the lead-based paint rules (Renovation, Repair and Painting or RRP Rule). This rule requires that contractors performing work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained and certified in proper lead-safe work practices. These practices include activities such as sanding, cutting, grinding, abrasive blasting, as well as replacing windows. The work must be performed in such a way as to minimize lead dust. EPA’s intent is to protect children and other sensitive populations from exposure to lead, which can lead to adverse health effects.
The 16 enforcement actions included 13 administrative settlements and 3 administrative complaints. Four of the 16 firms were from Michigan. EPA has assessed a total of $53,792 in civil penalties, based upon a firm’s ability to pay. In the administrative settlements, EPA is seeking civil penalties of up to $37,500 per violation.
For more information on EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program, click on the following link: http://epa.gov/lead/rrp/index.html.
For more information regarding EPA’s enforcement of the RRP Rule, click on the following link: http://epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/tsca/lrrprule.html.
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