RRP Fines: EPA Goes After Non-Certified Remodelers

On Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had taken 17 enforcement actions against remodeling firms who violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. At least 12 of those actions were taken against remodelers who neglected obtaining a Lead Safe Renovator certification prior to offering to perform renovations on target housing built before 1978.

Non-Certified Firms

The EPA said it had reached administrative settlements with the non-certified companies. carcasa iphone 6 silicona apple In a press release it said a company’s or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and that it adjusts penalties accordingly. carcasa mijloc samsung s4 12 of the firms fined for not obtaining the Lead Safe Renovator – Initial certification included:

  • Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
  • Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
  • Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
  • Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
  • Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
  • EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
  • Accolade Construction Group, Inc. carcasa iphone 7 ironman of New York, New York.
  • PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
  • Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
  • CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Other RRP Violations

In addition to not being certified, alleged violations the companies were cited for included:

  • Failure to provide lead hazard information to the property owners
  • Failure to post signs defining work area
  • Failure to post signs; contain waste; take extra precautions in containing the work area; cover doors with plastic sheeting; and cover ground with plastic
  • Failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site
  • Failure to establish and maintain records.

Micro-Business RRP Fines

Several of the 17 companies involved in the EPA’s latest round of fines qualified as micro businesses. This resulted in either a reduced fine or no fine at all. Fines for most of these kinds of businesses ranged from $0 about $600; one micro-business was fined $3,766.

Larger RRP Fines

Midwest College Painters LLC was fined $116,000 for RRP violations at a residential renovation or repair project located in Lansing, Michigan, in June 2011. Specifically, Midwest College Painters was fined for failing to obtain firm certification and failing to provide the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to property owners. cover led samsung s8 Also the company failed to establish and maintain RRP records certifying 1) that a certified renovator was assigned to the project, 2) that it provided on-the-job training to individuals used on the project, and 3) that it directed these individuals performing the renovation to comply with the work practice standards required by the RRP rule. carcasas iphone 8 unicornio Last, the company was fined for failing to take steps to contain paint dust from renovation work as required by the RRP Rule. The EPA also fined New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation $90,750 for failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site, failure to cover ground with plastic sheeting and failure to contain waste from renovation activities. Also, the EPA fined Groeller Painting Inc. of St. Louis for failing to provide “Renovate Right,” failing to establish and maintain records, and failing to post signs, contain waste, take extra precautions in containing the work area, cover doors with plastic sheeting, and cover ground with plastic at the worksite. “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.

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