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The EPA and the Lead RRP Rule

By on May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized |

The EPA has been strictly enforcing the Lead RRP Rule which is meant to protect people from exposure to harmful lead dust after renovation and repair work.  Read the following from the EPA, and follow the links for more information on the RRP rule, violators, and enforcment.  Karl Environmental Group is certified by the EPA as a Lead-Safe Certified Firm (cert # NAT-30484-1) and can perform lead-based paint renovation, repair, and painting activities (40 CFR Part 745.89)

 

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

Release Date: 05/02/2013
Contact Information: Dale Kemery (news media only) Kemery.dale@epa.gov 202-564-7839 202-564-4355

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.

Enforcement actions:

  • · Groeller Painting, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri.
    · Albracht Permasiding and Window, Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.
    · Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
    · ARK Property Investments, LLC of Richmond, Indiana.
    · Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
    · Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
    · Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
    · Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
    · Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
    · EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
    · Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
    · Accolade Construction Group, Inc. of New York, New York.
    · PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
    · Creative Renovations of Brooklyn, New York.
    · Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
    · New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
    · CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

More about lead and instructions on getting certified: www.epa.gov/lead

 

Doreen Cantor Paster

Associate Chief, Lead, Heavy Metals, & Inorganics Branch

US Environmental Protection Agency (7404T)

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20460

cantor.doreen@epa.gov

epa.gov/lead

See a lead violation?  Report it at epa.gov/tips