Smack Down on RRP Violators
The EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for RRP violation, and at least three of the actions were against painting contractors. “Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”
Fourteen of the actions were for contractors failing to obtain proper certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovations on a pre-1978 home. Other allegations included failure to follow lead safe work practices.
The 17 enforcement actions include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000 and required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. EPA also filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation.
As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a penalty can be adjusted based on an evaluation of a company or individual’s ability to pay.
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