Enforcement

Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule - May 02, 2013

(Washington, DC - May 2, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). A priority for EPA’s enforcement program is to protect children, and others, from exposure to lead dust that can cause lead poisoning by ensuring that renovators follow the RRP and other lead rules.

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Overview of CM Rogers Handyman

CM Rogers Handyman is a contractor located in Manchester, NH. The settlement involves a residential renovation project in July 2011 on a mixed use residential and commercial building in Pittsfield, NH. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

On October 31, 2012, EPA Region 1 (New England) filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO)(Docket# TSCA-01-2012-0071) that simultaneously initiated and resolved an enforcement action against CM Rogers Handyman. The CAFO alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleged the following violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleged that CM Rogers Handyman violated the RRP Rule by failing to obtain initial firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information to the Property Owners. The United States alleged that CM Rogers Handyman violated the RRP Rule by failing to notify in writing each affected unit including a statement of how the occupant can obtain a copy of the Renovate Right pamphlet.
  • Failure to Post Signs Defining Work Area. The United States alleged that CM Rogers Handyman violated the RRP Rule by failing to post signs clearly defining the work area.
  • Failure to Comply with Work Practice Requirements. The Unites States alleged that CM Rogers Handyman violated the RRP Rule by failing to contain waste from the renovation activities.

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Pollutant Reductions

CM Rogers Handyman has certified in the CAFO that is has come into compliance with the firm certification, information distribution, and work practice requirements of the RRP Rule. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities are conducted in compliance with the regulation.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system;
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity;
  • Slowed growth;
  • Hearing problems;
  • Headaches;
  • Anemia; and/or
  • In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death.

Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

CM Roger Handyman is a micro-business. Based on financial information provided by CM Roger Handyman, EPA Region 1 determined that the firm did not have an ability to pay a penalty and entered into a settlement under which the firm certified that it has come into compliance with the RRP Rule.


Overview of New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation

New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation (NH Glass) is a firm located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The complaint was filed February 1, 2013, and concerns a window renovation project NH Glass was performing at a former school in Kittery, Maine. The school was being converted to a community center that would also house child day-care programs, and thus is a “child-occupied facility” subject to the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule). The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The complaint alleges violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The complaint alleges NH Glass failed to comply with the following RRP Rule work practice requirements:

  • Failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site;
  • Failure to cover ground with plastic sheeting; and
  • Failure to contain waste from renovation activities.

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Pollutant Reductions

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system;
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity;
  • Slowed growth;
  • Hearing problems;
  • Headaches;&
  • Anemia; and/or

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages;
  • Premature births or low birth weight;
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties; and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

The complaint proposes that NH Glass pay a penalty of $90,750.


Overview of Reeson Construction

Reeson Construction is a contractor located in Webster, New Hampshire. The settlement involves a renovation project at a child-occupied, single family house in Concord, NH. EPA, and state officials inspected the work-site in August 2011. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

On February 4, 2013, EPA Region 1 (New England) filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO)(Docket# TSCA-01-2012-0069) that simultaneously initiated and resolved an enforcement action against Reeson Construction. The CAFO alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleged the following violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleged that Reeson Construction violated the RRP Rule by failing to obtain initial firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information to the Property Owners. The United States alleged that Reeson Construction violated the RRP Rule by failing to provide the homeowners a copy of the Renovate Right pamphlet, and failing to post signs clearly defining the work area.
  • Failure to Comply with Work Practice Requirements. The Unites States alleged that Reeson Construction violated the RRP Rule by failing to establish a containment area surrounding the project, and failing to clean-up the renovation work area as required.

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Pollutant Reductions

Reeson Construction certified in the CAFO that it is no longer engaged in activities regulated by the RRP Rule, and that, if it does engage in such activities in the future, it will do so in accordance with the rule, including obtaining any required certifications and training. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities are conducted in compliance with the regulation.

Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system;
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity;
  • Slowed growth;
  • Hearing problems;
  • Headaches;
  • Anemia; and/or

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Reeson Construction is a micro-business. Based on the relevant penalty factors listed in the statute, including the company’s financial circumstances, EPA Region 1 determined that the firm did not have an ability to pay a penalty.


Overview of Accolade Construction

Accolade Construction Group, Inc. is a building contractor with its main office located in New York, New York. The settlement involves a residential renovation project conducted at a property in New York City in 2011. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Accolade Construction violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Owners. The United States alleges that Accolade Construction violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide a copy of the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property owners prior to commencing renovation activities.
  • Failure to follow lead safe work practices. The United States alleges that Accolade Construction violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to follow the required lead-safe work practices (including failing to post signs; contain waste; take extra precautions in containing the work area; cover doors with plastic sheeting; and cover ground with plastic) at the worksite.

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Pollutant Reductions

Accolade Construction Group has made efforts to come into compliance with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of RRP. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Accolade Construction Group, Inc. will pay a penalty of $1,500.


Overview of Creative Renovations

Creative Renovations is a building contractor that with its main office located in Brooklyn, New York. The settlement involves a residential renovation project conducted at a property in Brooklyn, New York in 2011. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The United States alleges that Creative Renovations violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records necessary to demonstrate compliance with the RRP rule.

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Pollutant Reductions

Creative Renovations has made efforts to come into compliance with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of RRP. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Civil Penalty

Creative Renovations will pay a penalty of $2,040.


Overview of PZ Painting

PZ Painting is a painting company that with its main office located in Springfield, New Jersey. The settlement involves a residential renovation project conducted at a home in New Jersey in June 2012. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) Rule, 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that PZ Painting violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Owners. The United States alleges that PZ Painting violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide a copy of the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property owners prior to commencing renovation activities.

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Pollutant Reductions

PZ Painting has made efforts to come into compliance with the certification and information distribution requirements of the RRP Rule. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

PZ Painting will pay a penalty of $980 in accordance with the Agency guidance for RR&P cases.


Overview of Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC

Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC is a contracting firm located in Church Creek, MD. The settlement involves a residential renovation or repair project conducted at five different properties located in Maryland in 2010 and 2011. All of the properties were constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Cherokee Home Improvements violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The Unites States alleges that Cherokee Home Improvements violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records certifying that a certified renovator was assigned to the project, provided on-the-job training to individuals used on the project, and directed these individuals performing the renovation to comply with the work practice standards required by the RRP rule.

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Pollutant Reductions

Cherokee Home Improvements has made efforts to come into compliance with the certification, information distribution and recordkeeping and reporting requirements of RRP. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Cherokee Home Improvements will pay a penalty of $623. Cherokee’s penalty was reduced because it qualified as a micro-business under the Pilot RRP Penalty Program for Micro-Businesses.


Overview of EA Construction

EA Construction and General Contracting is located in West Chester, PA. The settlement involves a residential renovation or repair project conducted at a property located in Broomall, Pennsylvania in 2011. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Expedited Settlement Agreement (ESA) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that EA Construction violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The Unites States alleges that EA Construction violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records necessary to demonstrate compliance with the RRP rule.

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Pollutant Reductions

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

EA Construction will pay a penalty of $4,000 pursuant to the Lead-based Paint Expedited Settlement Agreement Pilot Program. Under the ESA pilot, significantly reduced penalties are offered to respondents in order to facilitate quick settlement.


Overview of Roman Builders

Roman Builders is a building contractor with its main office located in Morton, PA. The settlement involves residential renovation projects conducted at two different properties in Pennsylvania in June 2010. Each of the properties was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Roman Builders violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Owners. The United States alleges that Roman Builders violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide a copy of the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property owners prior to commencing renovation activities.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The United States alleges that Roman Builders violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records necessary to demonstrate compliance with the RRP rule.

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Pollutant Reductions

Roman Builders has made efforts to come into compliance with the certification, information distribution and recordkeeping and reporting requirements of RRP. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Roman Builders will pay a penalty of $3,766. Roman Builders’ penalty was reduced because it qualified as a micro-business under the Pilot RRP Penalty Program for Micro-Businesses.


Overview of Window World

Window World of Harford is located in Belair, MD. The settlement involves a residential window renovation or repair project conducted at a property located in Perryman, MD. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Expedited Settlement Agreement (ESA) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violation:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Window World violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.

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Pollutant Reductions

Window World of Harford has made efforts to come into compliance with the certification requirements of RRP. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Window World of Harford will pay a penalty of $1,000 pursuant to the Lead-based Paint Expedited Settlement Agreement Pilot Program. Under the ESA pilot, significantly reduced penalties are offered to respondents in order to facilitate quick settlement.


Overview of Camaj Interior & Exterior

Camaj Interior & Exterior is a building contractor with its main office located in Jacksonville, Florida. The settlement involves a residential renovation project conducted in Jacksonville, Florida in September, 2010. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification.The United States alleges that Camaj Interior & Exterior violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.

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Pollutant Reductions

Camaj Interior & Exterior has made efforts to come into compliance with the certification requirements of RRP. This will assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that painting and renovation activities have been conducted as required by the RRP regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Camaj Interior & Exterior will pay a penalty of $200. Camaj’s penalty was reduced because it qualified as a micro-business under the Pilot RRP Penalty Program for Micro-Businesses.


Overview of Henderson & Associates Services, LLC

Henderson & Associates Services, LLC is a renovation firm with its main office in Largo, FL. The settlement involves two residential renovation or repair projects conducted in Clearwater, Florida between May 2010 and January 2011. Both properties were constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Expedited Settlement Agreement (“ESA”) and Final Order settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The ESA alleges the following RRP Rule violation:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Henderson & Associates violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The Unites States alleges that Henderson & Associates violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records necessary to demonstrate compliance with the requirement to document the receipt of the required renovation information pamphlet by an owner and/or adult occupant prior to starting a renovation project.
  • Failure to Assign a Certified Renovator. The Unites States alleges that Henderson & Associates violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to assign a certified renovator to a RRP regulated activity.
  • Failure of the Individual Renovator to Obtain Certification. The Unites States alleges that Daryl Henderson violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain individual renovator certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978. li>

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Pollutant Reductions

It is expected that potential lead exposures and environmental contamination will be significantly reduced because the respondent has come into compliance with the regulation.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Henderson & Associates, LLC will pay a penalty of $600 pursuant to the Lead-based Paint Expedited Settlement Agreement Pilot Program. Under the ESA pilot, significantly reduced penalties are offered to respondents in order to facilitate quick settlement. Henderson’s penalty was further reduced because it provided documentation that demonstrated it qualified as a micro-business under the ESA pilot.


Overview of Home Resources Management, LLC

Home Resources Management, LLC is a renovation and resale firm with its main office in Nashville, TN. The settlement involves residential renovation or repair projects conducted on property that was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Expedited Settlement Agreement (“ESA”) and Final Order settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The ESA alleges the following RRP Rule violation:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Home Resources Management violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.

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Pollutant Reductions

It is expected that potential lead exposures and environmental contamination will be significantly reduced because the respondent was not able to come into compliance with the regulation, so is no longer doing business.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Home Resources Management, LLC will pay a penalty of $200 pursuant to the Lead-based Paint Expedited Settlement Agreement Pilot Program. Under the ESA pilot, significantly reduced penalties are offered to respondents in order to facilitate quick settlement. Home Resources Management’s penalty was further reduced because it provided documentation that demonstrated it qualified as a micro-business under the ESA pilot.


Overview of ARK Property Investments

ARK Property Investments, LLC is located in Richmond, IN. The settlement involves a residential renovation or repair projects conducted at a properties that were constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Owners. The United States alleges that ARK Property Investments, LLC violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide a copy of the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property owner prior to commencing renovation activities.
  • Failure to Comply with Work Practice Standards. The United States alleges that ARK Property Investments violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to take steps to contain paint dust from renovation work as required by the RRP Rule.

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Pollutant Reductions

It is expected that potential lead exposures and environmental contamination will be significantly reduced because ARK Property has taken prompt steps to come into compliance with the RRP rule.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

ARK Property Investments will pay a civil penalty of $616. ARK Property’s penalty was reduced because it qualified as a micro-business under the Pilot RRP Penalty Program for Micro-Businesses.


Overview of Midwest College Painters

Midwest College Painters, LLC is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The settlement involves a residential renovation or repair project conducted at a property located in Lansing, Michigan in June 2011. The property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Violations

The administrative complaint alleges violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The complaint alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Obtain Firm Certification. The United States alleges that Midwest College Painters violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain firm certification from EPA prior to performing, or offering to perform, renovation activities in housing constructed prior to 1978.
  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Owners. The United States alleges that Midwest College Painters violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide a copy of the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property owner prior to commencing renovation activities.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The Unites States alleges that Midwest College Painters violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records certifying that a certified renovator was assigned to the project, provided on-the-job training to individuals used on the project, and directed these individuals performing the renovation to comply with the work practice standards required by the RRP rule.
  • Failure to Comply with Work Practice Standards. The United States alleges that Midwest College Painters violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to take steps to contain paint dust from renovation work as required by the RRP Rule.

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Pollutant Reductions

This enforcement action is expected to increase awareness of the RRP Rule requirements among the public and regulated community, contributing to a significant reduction in lead exposure.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

The proposed penalty for the Midwest College Painters’ alleged violations is $116,500.


Overview of Albracht PermaSiding and Window Co

Albracht PermaSiding is a building contractor that with its office located in Omaha, NE. The settlement involves residential renovation projects conducted at 10 different properties in Lincoln, Bellevue and Omaha, NE. Each of the properties was subject to the federal renovation requirements because they were constructed prior to 1978 and presumed to contain lead-based paint.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Owners. The United States alleges that Albracht PermaSiding violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property owners at one worksite prior to commencing renovation activities.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The Unites States alleges that Albracht PermaSiding violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to establish and maintain records necessary to demonstrate compliance with the rule at 10 different worksites.

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Pollutant Reductions

Albracht PermaSiding has made efforts to come into compliance with the information distribution and recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the RRP Rule. This will provide property owners with information about the hazards associated with lead-based paint and how to protect themselves. Compliance will also assure property owners and agencies enforcing the RRP Rule that renovation activities have been conducted as required by the regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Albracht PermaSiding will pay a monetary penalty of $6,188. Albracht PermaSiding’s penalty was calculated under the Consolidated Lead-Based Paint Enforcement Response and Penalty Policy.


Overview of Groeller Painting Inc.

Groeller Painting is a painting contractor with its office located in St. Louis, MO. The settlement involves residential painting and renovation projects conducted at a multiple family residential property in St. Louis, MO. The property and each unit were subject to the federal renovation requirements because they were constructed prior to 1978 and presumed to contain lead-based paint.

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Violations

The Complaint and Final Order (CAFO) settles alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (“RRP Rule”), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E. The CAFO alleges the following RRP Rule violations:

  • Failure to Provide Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet to the Property Residents. The United States alleges that Groeller Painting violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule by failing to provide the “Renovate Right” pamphlet to the property residents prior to commencing painting and renovation activities.
  • Failure to Establish and Maintain Records. The Unites States alleges that Groeller Painting violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to obtain initial firm certification and failing to maintain records documenting compliance.
  • Failure to follow lead safe work practices. The United States alleges that Groeller Painting violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule by failing to follow the required lead-safe work practices (including failing to post signs; contain waste; take extra precautions in containing the work area; cover doors with plastic sheeting; and cover ground with plastic) at the worksite.

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Pollutant Reductions

Groeller Painting has made efforts to come into compliance with the information distribution, firm certification and lead-safe work practice requirements of the RRP Rule. This will provide property owners and residents with information about the hazards associated with lead-based paint and how to protect themselves. Compliance will also assure future customers that renovation activities are conducted as required by the regulations.

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Health and Environmental Effects

Lead exposure affects the nervous system and can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Anemia

In rare cases of acute lead poisoning from ingestion of lead, seizures, coma and even death. Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stores in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also be easily circulated from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Mothers with high levels of lead in their bodies can expose their developing fetuses, resulting in serious and developmental problems including:

  • Miscarriages,
  • Premature births or low birth weight,
  • Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties, and/or
  • Reduced growth in young children.

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Civil Penalty

Groeller Painting will pay a monetary penalty of $23,000. Groeller Painting’s penalty was calculated under the Consolidated Lead-Based Paint Enforcement Response and Penalty.

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For more information, contact:

Morgan Rog
Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW (MC 2249A)
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-7109
rog.morgan@epa.gov

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