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Contractors Fined for Violating RRP Rule

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Two Denver-area contractors have settled with the federal government over allegations that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.

According to the first settlement, Solid Ground Homes LLC (a full-service general building contractor) agreed to pay a penalty of $18,000 to resolve allegations that workers performed a renovation on pre-1978 housing without obtaining initial firm certification from the EPA and without following certain lead-safe work practices required by the RRP Rule.

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Solid Ground Homes LLC and Lime Painting LLC have both since become lead-safe firm certified, according to the EPA press release.

The second settlement alleges that Lime Painting LLC (which specializes in interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial properties) performed work on pre-1978 housing that involved extensive removal of exterior paint.

In addition to the offenses of being uncertified and not practicing lead-safe protocol, Lime Painting LLC also engaged in the prohibited practices of scraping, sanding and grinding of painted surfaces. Lime Painting LLC agreed to pay a penalty of $19,950.

Both complaints were filed in December and neither company has a previous record of violations with the EPA. Solid Ground Homes LLC and Lime Painting LLC have both since become lead-safe firm certified, according to the EPA press release.

The RRP Rule requires the certification of individuals and firms involved in renovation activities with houses built before 1978 (the year lead-based paint was banned from residential use).

Contractors working on homes must test for lead in paint, or presume lead is present, and apply applicable lead-safe work practices to minimize the risk of exposure to lead, according to the press release.

   

Tagged categories: Contractors; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Good Technical Practice; hazardous materials; Health and safety; Lead paint abatement; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); North America; Renovation

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