EPA is cracking down on RRP violators

Four New England firms will pay penalties ranging from $2,200 to $30,000 to settle allegations they violated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules for doing renovations that could disturb lead paint, the agency said in a news release April 15.

The news follows another recent settlement in which two firms paid fines totaling $14,455 to settle allegations involving a project in Maine, as well as EPA’s announcement that it was sending letters to 200 home renovation and painting contractors in Connecticut about a planned “compliance assistance and enforcement initiative.”

All these developments involving the EPA’s four-year-old Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, in which penalties of up $37,500 per day can be imposed on contractors who fail to take required measures designed to limit the disturbance and dissemination of lead paint. Such paint, which hasn’t been allowed for home use since 1978, has been found to cause severe health hazards, particularly to infants, small children, and the elderly.

Read more here: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/business/regulations/epa-settles-with-fines-4-ne-firms-for-lead-paint-rule-violations_o?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=jump&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=RDU_041614&day=2014-04-16

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