Ignoring the RRP rule? Fine! (A big one)
The Paint Contractor; “Big Bucket News December 2012”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 16 enforcement actions for violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). “Lead exposure is preventable when you know what to look for and what to do,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “These settlements serve as an important reminder of the importance of using lead-safe practices to protect the health of our children and prevent lead poisoning.”
The RRP rule requires that contractors that work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices. This ensures that common renovation and repair activities are done in ways that minimize dangerous lead dust. The enforcement actions include cases where the respondent failed to follow lead-safe work practices. In at least five actions, children lived at the property; thus, the respondent directly put children at risk of exposure to lead-based paint hazards. Also, in several cases, respondents failed to obtain firm certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes. When formulating penalties, EPA must evaluate an entity’s ability to pay a penalty and to remain in business. Accordingly, the Agency assessed a total of $53,792 in civil penalties.
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