Monday, April 04, 2011

EPA Starts Assessing Fines for RRP Violations

From Mark Paskell's blog: 

The press release below came from the EPA.  It has been hard to persuade contractors that they need to become certified when it did not appear that the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule was being enforced.  Now, there have been two substantial fines publicized: one in Connecticut last month ($30,700) and the one listed below.  It is time to have your contracts reviewed, insert clauses to protect you under the new law, and have your insurance policy reviewed for lead coverage!

Kansas City, Kan., March 31, 2011) – Window World of St. Louis, Inc., has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least 20 St. Louis area residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those locations.
According to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., the window replacement company, located in Maryland Heights, Mo., was legally required to provide owners and residents of the properties with an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties.
Provision of the lead hazard information pamphlet to property owners and occupants is one requirement of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, which Congress passed in 1992 as an amendment of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The regulation is intended to protect owners and occupants of residential properties, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 from health risks associated with lead-based paint. Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in the United States in 1978. Most homes built before 1978 contain some amount of lead-based paint, and subsequent renovation activity of such properties can cause occupants to be exposed to dust, chips and debris that contain lead.
The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act requires renovators of such properties to obtain certified training, follow safe work practices, and take specific steps to make owners and occupants aware of health risks associated with lead exposure before renovation work occurs.
As part of its settlement with EPA, and in addition to paying the $19,529 civil penalty, Window World of St. Louis has agreed to perform a supplemental environmental project, through which it will spend an estimated $20,048 to replace a total of 73 old windows contaminated with lead paint at three group home facilities operated by the non-profit social services organization Youth in Need. Those facilities are located at 1420 N. 3rd Street, 516 Jefferson Street, and 529 Jefferson Street, in St. Charles, Mo.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger dil9h said...

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At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was also another fine from the EPA for violations of the pre-RRP rule, known as the Pre-Renovation Education rule: One contractor is to pay $30,702 for failing to give lead hazard information pamphlets to homeowners and occupants before doing renovations on pre-1978 properties. The violations go back three years. So make sure you are compliant with the EPA’s RRP rule to avoid bigger fines.

Jim Birrel

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:13 PM, Anonymous EPA RRP Certified Renovator, Lead Safe Training Course said...

Certify your company and personnel today by letting them take EPA RRP certification classes. The Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) is the required course to turn a Certified Renovator and abide with EPA’s RRP Rule-40 CFR 745.

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the contractors I talk to around the Luzerne County area of Pennsylvania say that the city and the state officials don’t enforce the RRP rules so who cares what the EPA wants. They tell me they’re not going to shell out thousands of dollars to get certified just to be compliant with this nonsense. Most agree that it’s just a waste of time and hard earned money with todays economy the way it is for both them and the home owner. I have even been told by one contractor that even a local city inspector told him it’s a waste money! So my question to you is; should I even be worried about getting certified if the local and state officials don’t even enforce the RRP rule? And, can the EPA really fine a small business that much money?

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