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Window Maker Settles RRP Case

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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A Pennsylvania window manufacturer and installer will pay a $25,690 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thermo-Twin Industries Inc., of Oakmont, PA, agreed to settle alleged violations under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP).

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The employee-owned window company was founded in 1972 and moved to a 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oakmont in 1981, according to its website.

As part of the settlement, the company—which manufactures and installs windows, doors, sunrooms and siding—also agreed to implement lead-safe precautions when renovating pre-1978 dwellings.

Thermo-Twin Industries did not respond to a request for comment on the settlement.

Violations Alleged at 3 Projects

Thermo-Twin Industries is accused of violating RRP rule in 2010 and 2011 while renovating three residential properties in Glenshaw, Latrobe, and Yukon, PA. The properties were all constructed before 1978 and thus subject to the RRP rule.

According to the EPA, company employees failed to take required lead-safe precautions, such as removing objects and covering the work area with plastic or other impermeable sheeting.

Renovate Right

EPA's Renovate Right pamphlet helps homeowners and tenants understand the risks of lead-based paint, and how to minimize these risks.

The company also allegedly failed to provide the owners and occupants of the properties with the EPA-approved and -required lead hazard information pamphlet, Renovate Right, before starting renovations.

The pamphlet helps homeowners and tenants understand the risks of lead-based paint, and how best to minimize these risks to protect themselves and their families, EPA says.

The RRP Rule

The RRP rule requires that those receiving compensation for work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be certified and use lead-safe work practices.

These practices are designed to reduce the creation and dispersion of dangerous lead dust during sanding, cutting, window replacement, and other common activities that disturb lead-based paint.

Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse effects on the central nervous system, such as behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and seizures, according to the EPA. Children under six years of age are at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

As part of the settlement, Thermo-Twin did not admit liability for the cited violations.

The employee-owned company was founded in 1972 in New Kensington, PA; it relocated to a 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oakmont in 1981, according to its website.


Tagged categories: Enforcement; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Government; Lead; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Maintenance + Renovation; Regulations; Windows

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