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Lead Paint Enforcement Actions are Increasing

In recent action by the Environmental Protection Agency 16 painters, roofers, remodelers, and other contractors were cited for violation of the Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Fines in settlements reached with 13 of the firms totaled $53,792 and EPA is persuing administrative complaints against the 3 others and is seeking civil penalties up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. Information on this rule is available at  The RRP rule requires that contractors who work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices. EPA finalized the RRP rule in 2008; it took effect April 22, 2010.

Another requirement of the rule is that contractors provide EPA’s “Renovate Right” pamphlet to homeowners and occupants. This pamphlet is available for download at

 Any contractor working on historic or vintage buildings should familiarize themselves with the rules regarding lead based paint and comply accordingly.