The EPA gets serious
In 2010, contributing blogger Mark Brady wrote a series of posts about the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) and the many hurdles it required him to overcome to receive certification.Two years have passed since the rule went into effect and hopefully those of you who need to become certified have done so.
I bring this up only because last Friday, a press release landed in my mailbox from the EPA announcing it had fined “violators” of the rule. While the sums mentioned were not quite as high as those discussed in Mark’s posts, they weren’t nothing.
In the press release, three cases were mentioned. The first was a rental property owner who was fined $10,000 for the improper use of equipment in removing paint from the exterior of his 1850s apartment building, as well as the failure to ensure his workers received training on the rule. He also did not apply for firm certification.
The second violator was a window and siding company that paid $1,500 for failing to observe the RRP rule on renovation dust and waste containment. The company also failed to train workers on lead-safe practices.
The final instance involved a home repair company that agreed to pay a $5,558 penalty for not having provided the owners/occupants of pre-1978 housing with an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet and for not having obtained written acknowledgement before beginning renovation work on five homes. Also amiss was initial certification.
There is more information on the settlement at the EPA website.
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And please feel free to share your own experience in dealing with this rule.
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