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CT Painting Company Cited for Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a settlement with a Bethel, Connecticut, painting company for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


EPA Settles CT Contractor Lead Paint Violations

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with a Connecticut-based residential contractor for federal lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule violations.


TV Show Contractor Settles Lead Paint Violations

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement agreement with a Bella Vista, Arkansas, contractor following lead-based paint violations on an HGTV renovatio...


EPA Fines Home Renovators in Several States

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that five home renovation companies are paying penalties to resolve alleged lead-based paint violations.


NY Lead Paint Landlord Sentenced to Probation

A Buffalo, New York, landlord who has pled guilty on charges regarding lead paint has avoided jail time after a sentencing hearing at the beginning of the week.


NY Lead Paint Landlord Pleading Case in Court

A Buffalo, New York, landlord who has pled guilty on charges regarding lead paint was expected to plead his case at his sentencing hearing yesterday (Nov. 13), including a request to hear fr...


ME Companies Settle EPA Lead Paint Fines

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with two Maine-based companies that had reportedly violated lead-based paint disclosure requirements.


NY Housing Authorities Issued Lead Paint Citation

A recent federal audit of the two New York housing authorities has allegedly found that tenants were not notified about lead paint hazards in their apartments.


Second Largest Civil Lead Rule Penalty Issued

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, recently filed a civil lawsuit against a general contractor for violations of...


Study: Segregation Contributes to Lead Risks

A recently published study has concluded that young black children living in racially segregated U.S. neighborhoods face a heightened risk of potentially brain-damaging lead exposure.


Lead Violations Corrected in 5K NY Apartments

At the beginning of the month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that hundreds of lead paint violations in more than 5,000 apartments, among other concerns, have been successfully enf...


EPA Announces Lead Reduction Funding

Last week, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $58 million grant program to protect children from lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities a...


EPA, HUD Seeking Lead Paint Workshop Presenters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking for presenters for a virtual public workshop to receive input on the detection, ...


EPA Proposes Improving Lead Paint Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposal to strengthen requirements for the removal of lead-based paint hazards to protect against childhood lead exposure.


EPA Fines MS Renovators for Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued penalties to nine home renovation companies in Springfield, Missouri, over alleged Toxic Substances Control Act violations.


EPA Settles CA Contractor Lead Paint Violations

Earlier this month, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced it had reached a settlement with a California renovation services company over violations of the Toxic Substances Contro...


Proposed NY Law Covers Lead Exposure Damages

Last month, New York State Assembly lawmakers advanced legislation that would reportedly bar the exclusion of coverage for losses or damages by the exposure to lead paint from liability cove...


EPA Issues AK Company Lead Paint Penalty

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency penalized an Anchorage, Alaska-based renovation company for violating the Lead Renovation


NY Landlord Sued for Lead Paint Hazards

Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against a Buffalo landlord for “repeated and flagrant” violations of lead safety laws at dozens of properties.


NY Construction Firm Settles Lead Paint Lawsuit

At the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the United States has entered into consent decrees setting a civil lawsuit against a New York construction company for...


Settlement Reached Over Lead Rule Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a settlement with a Chicago-based company and its contractors regarding alleged violations of t...


ME Painting Company Fined Over Lead Violations

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with CertaPro Painters (Westbrook, Maine) for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repai...


White House Unveils New Lead Removal Initiatives

Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions and progress to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes and remediate lead paint based on the Lead Pipe and Paint Ac...


EPA Defaults Renovators for Paint Violations

In a news release issued on Jan. 10, an official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that two home renovation companies would be required to pay civil penalties for viola...


Property Firm Penalized for Lead Paint

In the latest slew of penalizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead-based paint violations, a property management and development firm in Waterbury, Connecticut, was rec...


Renovators, Contractors Fined for Paint Violations

As a result of being found in violation of lead-based paint safety regulations, 22 residential home renovators and contractors from Idaho and Washington recently settled with the U.S. Enviro...


NY Landlord Arraigned for Lead Violations

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office recently announced the arraignment of Carrie A. Preischel of Boston, New York, for exposing a tenant to unsafe levels of lead paint.


EPA Reducing Lead Exposure with RRP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to reduce childhood lead exposure through improved compliance with the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


EPA Announces Lead Exposure Initiative

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the official launch of a nationwide training and outreach initiative focused on reducing childhood lead exposure.


EPA, RI Company Reach Lead Settlement

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation,...


NY Seeks $5M in Lead Paint Case

In what is reported to be the largest amount ever sought from a landlord in a lead paint violation case in Western New York, the Attorney General’s Office recently requested over $5 million ...


Lead Abatement Scholarships Offered in MI

To support lead-based paint removal in the City of Benton Harbor and across the state, last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it was providing ...


Reno Project Launched at MS Federal Courthouse

Earlier this month, crews began renovations at the Thomas G. Abernethy Federal Building in Aberdeen, Mississippi.


NY Landlord Pays for Lead Paint Hazards

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced an agreement involving a Syracuse, New York-based landlord and their company for failing to protect children from lead paint hazard...


Committee Advances $18B for Military, VA Construction

At the end of June, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee announced the approval of the fiscal year 2023 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies bill.


DOL to Revise Lead Exposure Standards

On Tuesday (June 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise its standards for occupational...


HUD Announces $520M for Lead Paint Protections

On Friday (June 17), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that the Department had made $520 million in funding available to better prote...


EPA Awards Over $250M in Brownfields Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $254.5 million in Brownfields Grants to 265 communities, including four grants totaling $1.6 million across Puerto ...


Cleveland Expands Exterior Paint Program

Last week, members of the Cleveland City Council approved legislation authorizing an expanded exterior paint program for eligible homeowners.


Cleveland Landlords Pushed to be Lead Safe

While several years have passed since Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of lead-safe certificates for rental properties, landlords and property owners now only hav...


Recognizing Health Effects of Lead Paint

While the use of lead-based paints was banned over 40 years ago, the remnants of lead paint continue to be a major environmental and public health problem.


EPA Affirms Lead Paint Enforcement Plans

On Friday (Jan. 21), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to proceed with the withdrawal of previously published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions concerning prop...


Renovation Firms Sued Over Lead Paint Violations

Last Thursday (Jan. 13), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that a civil lawsuit had been filed against CISNE NY Construction, Inc., CISNE JE...


EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


Coalition Announced to Quantify, Locate Lead Pipes

At the end of September, Google announced that it was awarding $3 million in grants to the BlueConduit Charitable Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the We Act for Environmental...


EPA Settles with TX Reno Show Over Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Flipnmove Production and EQ media, Inc., over alleged violations of lead paint exposure regulations affiliated with one of the compa...


EPA Releases Lead Progress Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by releasing a Progress Report on the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and A...


EPA Talks Lead for Children's Health Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, to discuss the agency’s “Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood L...


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penaltie...


EPA Raises Lead Paint Awareness in Philly

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last Thursday (Oct. 25) that it’s on a mission to raise awareness of its lead-based paint rules in one of the oldest cities in the country:...


EPA Settle $280K in CA, AZ Lead Cases

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency announced six enforcement actions related to leads paint in the states of California and Arizona.


Houston Contractor Talks Lead Challenges

“Tangibly creative”—that’s how Dan Bawden describes his remodeling profession. “I love driving by a home and saying, ‘I’ve built that,’” he said. “I’ve left my mark in a very tangible way on...


Federal Agencies Ramp Up Home Depot Probe

Atlanta-based home improvement company The Home Depot faces investigations and fines in at least three states after its contractors allegedly mishandled the removal of lead paint.


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


Trump's Budget Would Cut EPA Lead Programs

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs that are focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead paint, according to an internal memo obtained by Th...


Maine Weighs RRP Rule Expansion

A Maine lawmaker has moved to expand the state's lead renovation safety rules because of the region's high lead poisoning rates and what he believes to be lax enforcement from the Environmen...


Owner, EPA Settle Lead Fines

A New Hampshire-based property developer has agreed to pay a fine of more than $90,000 to settle charges that it violated federal lead paint rules at a historic mill building renovation proj...


Home Depot Responds to Lead-Safe Demand

The Home Depot has reportedly pledged to host events and initiatives aimed at educating customers on lead-based paint safety practices.


Contractors Fined for Violating RRP Rule

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.


Grants Offered for Lead Work

The federal government says it will offer dozens of grants to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower-income households in order to protect young children.


Lead Paint Work Draws RRP Fines

Twelve California renovation contractors recently faced tens of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to abide by federal lead-based paint rules.


CA Firm Enters Lead Safety Settlement

A California company that specializes in coatings and window installation has settled with government regulators over alleged failure to employ federally mandated lead-safety practices.


EPA Tallies Lead Violations for 2016

Contractors, renovators, painters and retailers are among the parties required to pay more than $1 million in penalties for violating lead-based paint safety rules this fiscal year, authorit...


EPA Busts Sears on Lead Safety

The home-improvement arm of one of the United States’ largest retailers has settled with the federal government over allegations it failed to ensure that its contractors were following lead-...


Major Renovation Sees Lead Fines

Two contractors who worked on a major development project in downtown Kansas City, MO, will pay federal fines for violating lead safety rules, according to authorities.


Firm Fined for Lead Lapses

A California specialty contractor faces fines for allegedly violating the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while working at seven residential projects.


Owner, Contractor Face Hefty Lead Fines

Federal regulators have levied nearly $300,000 in total fines against three New Hampshire companies for allegedly failing to follow lead-based paint regulations at a commercial and residenti...


EPA Crackdown Leads to Lead Safety Fines

A number of contractors in Denver and North Dakota are facing fines for violating federal law regarding work done on older buildings that might contain lead paint.


Doctors Call for Lead Rule Revisions

American pediatricians say current lead rules provide only the “illusion of safety.”


Renovation Activities Prompt EPA Fine

A California renovator has been fined nearly $30,000 for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint safety regulations.


EPA Eases Certification Rules Under RRP

Lead-safe training requirements under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule have been eased, the EPA announced Feb. 10.


Officials Probe Lead-Safe Reports

Maryland residents who thought their homes were safe from lead paint might not be certain anymore.


EPA Issues Guide to School Renovations

The federal government has released a new guide on school building renovations, as the projects often involve cleanup of harmful materials, such as asbestos and lead.


EPA Seeks Comments for RRP Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting feedback on how to create lead testing kits that meet the performance recognition criteria in its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (R...


Six Settle Lead Paint Claims With EPA

Six companies in Connecticut have paid more than $92,000 in fines and like-kind environmental projects to settle claims that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint ru...


CA Companies Settle Lead Lapses

One of the largest lessors of single-family residences in the U.S. and a California general contractor will pay more than $46,000 to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations...


EPA Settles 75 Lead Paint Cases

The Environmental Protection Agency entered into 75 settlements in the past year with contractors who failed to follow the federal lead paint guidelines.


Home Renovator Settles RRP Case

A Missouri renovation company will pay $21,980 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


States, Cities Win Grants to Remove Lead

More than $101 million in federal funding has been awarded to 32 cities, counties and state governments to combat lead-based paint.


Property Owner to Pay Fine, Abate Lead

A California real estate company has reached a settlement with federal authorities after it failed to notify tenants of the presence of lead paint in some of its rental properties.


Housing Chief in Hot Water over Lead

Controversial comments about lead poisoning victims made by a Maryland top housing official have dozens of lawmakers calling for his resignation.


NJ Lead Paint Bill Riles Retailers

Legislators in New Jersey are trying to make retailers more responsible about informing customers of the dangers of lead-based paint removal.


MO Renovator Settles RRP Case

LENEXA, KS--A window and siding contractor has agreed to pay $13,566 to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules on two projects.


New Bill Targets U.S. Lead Rules

WASHINGTON--Five years into the rigorous new world of federal lead-safe contracting rules, there are signs of softening.


Bill Seeks to Loosen U.S. Lead Rules

WASHINGTON--After five years of compliance, contractor groups are cheering a new congressional push to ease provisions of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule on lead-safe practice...


EPA Trains Lead-Paint Focus on NE

NASHUA, NH—Part carrot and part stick, a new federal approach to lead-paint enforcement is playing out in New Hampshire.


Landlord Settles EPA Lead-Paint Case

BOSTON—A Connecticut property manager will pay $54,644 and spend nearly $20,000 on a window-replacement project to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.


EPA Proposes Changes to Lead Rule

Lead-safe training requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule could be eased under proposed revisions.


New Lead Paint Law Keeps MD Busy

Although three years in coming, a sweeping new lead paint law for Maryland landlords has unleashed an avalanche of inquiries to state environmental officials.


EPA Enforces RRP against 62 Contractors

Dozens of U.S. renovation contractors, painters and training providers will share a tab of more than $200,000 to settle federal violations of the Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Pain...


Student Painters Settle Lead Case

College Works Painting has agreed to pay a $39,532 civil penalty for alleged violations of the federal renovation rule addressing possible lead-paint hazards, authorities have announced.


Renovator Faces $51K RRP Fine

Federal authorities have hit a San Francisco Bay-area renovator with a $51,000 fine for allegedly violating lead-based paint regulations while performing work on foreclosed homes.


EPA Guide Aims to Clear School Air

New federal guidance shows how to prevent adverse health effects from energy retrofits and building upgrades in schools.


Lowe’s to Pay $1.6M for Size Errors

In its third civil settlement in five months, Lowe's Home Centers LLC is resolving claims that it advertised inaccurate and misleading sizes for its building materials across California.


Lead Rule for Public Projects Advances

U.S. regulators continue to build their case for lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects, with the release of a draft methodology for analyzing exposures.


Commercial Lead Plan Inches Forward

Moving slowly but steadily toward a lead rule for renovation of commercial and public buildings, federal regulators have released an approach for estimating lead exposures during those proje...


Plans for Commercial Lead Rule Return

After a hiatus of nearly two years, federal regulators are taking a baby step toward a new rule for controlling lead-paint hazards in commercial and public buildings.


EPA Unveils Next Round on Lead Rule

It’s time for U.S. contractors on public and commercial projects to gear up for the next round of proposed lead-safe rules at those worksites.


Owners’ Lead Dodge Backfires

A Boston landlord who tried to evict pregnant tenants rather than provide the appropriate lead-paint abatement for their units, will pay $23,000 to resolve allegations of housing discriminat...


Lowe’s to Settle RRP Case for $500K

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $500,000—the largest penalty of its kind yet imposed—to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules.


Window Maker Settles RRP Case

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.


37 Contractors Settle RRP Lead Cases

Dozens of commercial and residential contractors and trainers will share responsibility for more than $274,000 in fines for violating federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting standards, ...


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


Feds to Query Contractors on Lead Plan

Do public and commercial construction projects need new federal lead-safe mandates to protect occupants and workers?


EPA Readies Contractor Lead Survey

Burned once for pushing a regulation that critics called unnecessary, the federal government is about to survey the nation's commercial and government construction contractors about their le...


EPA Fines MO Remodeler in Lead Case

A Missouri contractor has agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations that it violated federal lead-safety regulations in restoring a 19th-century home.


MA Contractor Cited for Sub’s Lapses

A Massachusetts contractor faces a $28,125 federal fine for alleged lead hazards created by a window subcontractor on a historic renovation project in Maine.


MO Engineer Settles RRP Case

A Missouri engineering and contracting company will pay a $65,450 fine to settle allegations that it violated the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, according to fe...


Commercial Contractor Settles Lead Case

A Kansas-based commercial general contractor and renovator has been slapped with a $27,286 fine for failing to use lead-safe work practices during a renovation project in Kansas City, MO.


Industry to EPA: Make Your Case on Lead

Federal regulators who want sweeping new lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects must prove the need for those rules first, the construction industry insists.


Industry Seeks EPA Data on Lead Rule

Federal regulators must show a “hazard and causal link” between renovation work and lead-based paint in public and commercial buildings before expanding any rules involving that work, the co...


Lead Rule Expansion Back on Track

Commercial painters and renovators are invited to submit comments and take part in a public meeting on the federal government’s plan to expand the lead-safe renovation rules to commercial an...


17 Firms Hit with Lead-Paint Violations

Federal authorities have caught 17 remodelers, painters and other contractors violating the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


MO Painter Agrees to Fine in Lead Case

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 pract...


Bill Seeks to Revive Lead Rule Opt-Out

Reinstating a homeowner's right to opt out of the federal lead rule for renovation, repair and painting is once again the target of new legislation.


$16M Deficit in EPA Lead-Paint Program

Costs are exceeding collections to the tune of $16.4 million when it comes to federal oversight of lead-based paint rules, according to a new audit.


Renovator Faces $90K RRP Fine

Federal authorities have hit a New Hampshire-based renovator with a $90,750 fine for allegedly violating lead-based paint regulations while performing work at a child-occupied facility in Ma...


SSPC Seeks Input on New Lead Rules

SSPC is recruiting data and reports from its members on federal regulators' plan to expand lead-safe rules to commercial and public-works projects.


Coating Group Marshals Lead Data

Preparing to weigh in on a federal plan to expand lead-safe regulations to commercial and public projects, SSPC is soliciting member data on the potential impact of such rules.


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


EPA Revives RRP Expansion Plan

Commercial painters, remodelers and interested parties have three months to voice opinions on expanding the controversial federal lead renovation rule into the commercial and public building...


 
 
   

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