Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC Settlement
Release Date: 04/17/2014Contacts: EPA Press Office Contact Information, General Information: (202) 564-4355;
Julia Valentine, Press Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 564-0496
Program Contact Information, Morgan Rog, Attorney, email@example.com, (202) 564-7109
(WASHINGTON - April 17, 2014) – Lowe’s Home Centers, one of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers, has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its over 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty, which is the largest ever for violations of the RRP Rule.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Renovation Repair & Painting (RRP) Trainees : NOTE RECENT FINES!Release Date: 02/18/2014
Contact: Carissa Cyran, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-564-4363, 202-564-4355
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced enforcement actions that will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to protect communities by minimizing harmful lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards. These standards provide important, front-line protection for children and others vulnerable to exposure to lead dust that can cause lead poisoning.
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“Families deserve the peace of mind that home renovations occur without harming children,” said Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Businesses that play by the rules deserve to compete on a level playing field. EPA will continue to enforce the nation’s lead rules to protect the public from illegal and dangerous lead exposure.”
The settlements, issued between May 2013 and January 2014, include 17 contractors that failed to obtain required certification prior to performing renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. In addition, 21 settlements involve violations for failure to follow required lead-safe work practices, and three cases involve general contractors who failed to ensure their subcontractors followed the RRP standards.
The U.S. EPA enforcement actions, which require contractors to certify compliance with the RRP standards, led to more than $274,000 in civil penalties. The fines ranged from $100 to $65,450, see Table 1 below.
Contractors that are certified under EPA’s RRP standards are encouraged to display EPA’s “Lead-Safe” logo on worker’s uniforms, signs, websites, and other material, as appropriate. Consumers can protect themselves by looking for the logo before hiring a home contractor.
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Table 1 - Civil Penalties