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MO Painter Agrees to Fine in Lead Case

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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A St. Louis, MO-based painting contractor has agreed to pay a $23,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule on lead-safe practices..

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the consent agreement and final order Tuesday (March 12) with Groeller Painting Inc.

Groeller Painting

Based in St. Louis, MO, Groeller Painting offers commercial and residential painting services, according to its website. The company will pay a fine to settle EPA allegations that it violated lead-safe work practices.

The company, which offers residential and commercial painting services, allegedly failed to use proper lead-safe work practices during the renovation of a pre-1978 multifamily property. The company also failed to notify residents about lead-based paint risks before starting work, EPA alleged.

A copy of the final order in the case was not immediately available.

Rule Requirements

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.

It is also requires that contractors provide owners and occupants of the properties with an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet, known as the Renovate Right pamphlet, before the start of renovations.

Renovate Right helps homeowners and tenants understand the risks of lead-based paint and how to minimize these risks to protect themselves and their families.

RRP ensures that common renovation and repair activities like sanding, cutting and replacing windows minimize the creation and dispersion of dangerous lead dust.

The agency finalized the RRP Rule in 2008, and it took effect on April 22, 2010. It has been a subject of contention between children’s health advocates, politicians, federal agencies, and industry associations since its inception.

The EPA was recently found to have been operating its lead-paint oversight program at a $16 million deficit, according to an Inspector General report.


Tagged categories: Enforcement; EPA; Health and safety; Lead paint abatement; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Painters

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (3/14/2013, 10:27 AM)

D&D, Thanks for picking up this article and spreading the word by publishing it nation-wide. It is time for the small companies to realize they truly are at financial risk if they don't comply with the RRP lay. Not just he "big guys" are being caught.

Comment from Ron Cros, (3/14/2013, 11:33 AM)

For every 1 they catch and fine, I'm sure hundreds get away. There needs to be more enforcement so we can operate on a fair and level playing field.

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