Commercial RRP Rule Could Happen in Jan. 2017

This morning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it could enact a commercial RRP rule by Jan. 1, 2017. The rule would also cover public buildings. The agency also announced that it will hold a public meeting on June 26 in Washington, D.C., to discuss implementing another Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule for commercial and public […]

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 […]

Contractor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison and Fined $62K for Asbestos Violations

Contractors: If you’re caught illegally handling, removing or disposing of asbestos-containing materials, you could be fined many thousands of dollars, and you could very well serve prison time—just ask Duane “Butch” O’Malley, who was ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July to pay $62,000 in fines and restitution and sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally mucking around with asbestos in the town of Kankakee, Ill., in 2009.