Chicago, Illinois, March 17, 2023
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a settlement with a business to resolve alleged violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting regulations (RRP Rule) at renovation projects the company and its contractors performed in Chicago and area suburbs.
According to the EPA, the agency first discovered the alleged violations through customer complaints about a project performed in Evanston, Illinois. EPA learned that the firm frequently subcontracted work to uncertified firms and did not use lead-safe work practices, perform required post-renovation cleaning, provide the EPA-required lead-based paint pamphlets to occupants, or establish records of compliance.
Under the settlement, the company will implement a comprehensive program to ensure that its contractors are certified and trained to use lead-safe work practices to avoid creating lead dust during home renovation activities. Under a parallel administrative settlement agreement, it will also pay a $400,000 penalty and perform $2 million of lead-based paint abatement work in lower-income properties located in the Chicago area.
The RRP Rule was created to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that can occur during repair or remodeling in homes and child-occupied facilities, such as schools, that were built before 1978. It requires that individuals performing renovations be properly trained and certified, and must follow lead-safe work practices. It also requires building contractors that renovate pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be certified by EPA.
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