EPA settlements help protect public against health hazards from lead exposure
from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced 75 enforcement actions from the past year that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA's Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting regulations. Seventy-five settlements were filed from October 2014 through September 2015 for renovations performed on pre-1978 homes and child-care facilities, and each requires that the alleged violator certify its compliance with RRP regulations to EPA and, in most cases, pay civil penalties to resolve the alleged violations. The violations cited in the settlements reflect EPA's goal to reduce illegal and unsafe renovations, and the lead hazards risks that result from them.
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