Friday, October 27, 2017
EPA Releases Lead Violations for Last Year
According to a recent EPA report, there were 127 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year to protect the public from exposure to lead in paint. Of these cases, 125 involved alleged noncompliance with at least one of the Agency’s lead-based paint requirements: the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, and Lead-based Paint Activities Rule; and the Lead Disclosure Rule pursuant to the Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act.
Below, we have listed the settlements for all of the lead paint violations. Collectively, these settlements obtained $1,046,891. The moral here is, it's not just a threat that the EPA can fine contractors $37,500 a day - it can and it does regularly fine big businesses and small businesses. And while the possibility of a fine should lead to proper certification, contractors have to remember, lead paint is a legitimately dangerous substance that can cause severe brain and nervous system damage, specially to children under the age of 6.
So, as we finish up Lead Week 2017, please make sure you certify your firm and make sure you take the right lead paint training, be it lead renovation, abatement, or inspection.