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What You Need to Know About The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

Peeling paint on window sillDid you know there is a EPA lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule commonly known as RRP.  The EPA is stepping up their vigilance to the rule and fined 16 firms for violation last November.  RRP is EPA’s enforcement program is to protect children, and others, from exposure to lead dust that can cause lead poisoning.

Lead exposure can cause unwanted health effects, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death  Lead poisoning puts young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are not fully developed.

If you know what to look for you can prevent lead exposure. According to data at the EPA, about 4 million households with children have lead paint, and over a half million children have high levels of lead in their blood.  The recent 16 violations made by the EPA protect children and promote the importance of using lead-safe practices.

RRP Rule Details

  • EPA finalized the RRP rule in 2008 and the rule took effect on April 22, 2010.
  • Contractors that work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities are required to be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices.

Making sure contractors are certified for lead safe work makes sure that common renovation and repair activities like sanding, cutting and replacing windows prevent to spread of lead dust.

Violation Details

In each following 13 settlements, the respondent was required to certify that it has come into compliance with the RRP Rule. EPA also assessed civil penalties of $53,792 for this 16 cases.  In the 3 administrative complaints that EPA will seek civil penalties up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation.

Settlements

  • Alliance Contracting & Design, LLC of Bay City, Mich.
  • Dasa Properties LLC of Buffalo, N. Y.
  • DiGiorgi Roofing and Siding, Inc. of Beacon Falls, Conn.
  • Exterior Images of Derry, N.H.
  • Hometown Painting, Inc. of Warrenville, Ill.
  • Kindred Painting, LLC of Dover, N.H.
  • Leanza Painting Contractors, Inc. of Morristown, N. J.
  • Mac Stringer Painting and Staining of Ontario, N. Y.
  • Scheffler Painting, LLC of Trenton, Mich.
  • Spartan Painting, Inc. of Haslett, Mich. 
  • Sunshine Home Improvement, LLC of Lenexa, Kan. 
  • Universal Remodeling & Building, LLC of Stratford, Conn. 
  • Wildwood Apartments, LLC of Jackson, Mich.

Complaints

  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Inc. of Braintree, Mass.
  • PZ Painting of Springfield, N.J. 
  • Kachina Contractor Solutions of Elkins Park, Penn.

Learn More

>> Learn More About Lead Paint Exposure Hazards
>> Learn More About EPA’s RRP rule

 

Environmental Risk Management deals with Lead Based Paint Issues every day.  Contact Us (859-689-9222) to get more information about how we can help you with your home, your rental properties, or business.

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