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EPA Fines Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule


The EPA appears to be cracking down on violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The rule, which went into effect in 2010, prohibits workers who are not trained or certified from performing demolition or other construction work, particularly renovations, which can cause harmful lead dust that is poisonous if not contained. 


The EPA has singled out three violators of the rule as of April, charging penalty fines to a property owner and two home repair and renovation companies for performing renovations without proper certification and notification of residents.


A rental property owner was charged $10,000 in March after violating the EPA's rule on his property in Maine. The complaints include improperly removing paint with power equipment, failing to use trained workers or apply for certification, and contaminating the building with dust through violations of the rule. There were several children living in the building. 


Also in March, a New Jersey window and siding company was charged $1,500 for failing to contain dust and waste and neglecting to use trained workers. In February, a home repair company located in Omaha, Neb was fined $5,558 for neglecting to notify residents about potential lead hazards and failing to complete certification. 


These cases offer a glimmer of hope to those who have been certified and followed proper procedures laid out by the EPA. Many businesses who go through the process as required, receiving certification, using trained workers, and notifying residents, make significant financial investments to do so. The EPA has been reticent to cite violations or has not made those citations public. The news of enforcement will be welcome to these complying businesses, who feel that violators have gone unnoticed since the rule went into effect. Complying business owners feel this causes unfair competition, where those who do comply are paying more than those who do not, while violators are not cited or fined. 


The EPA acknowledged in their news release that punishing violators is the best way to ensure the law remains enforced and followed.


Source: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/1146E74C2C12B0F8852579D70069ADCC

posted on Sep 2, 2012