The Penalties of Unsafe Lead-Based Paint Practices

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Lead-based paint is not to be taken lightly whether you’re a renovation contractor, landlord or property manager. Violations can be incredibly costly.

For instance, Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc. failed to provide documentation regarding the requirement to:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]

  1. Assign certified renovators.
  2. Provide certification of compliance.
  3. Provide on-the-job training for workers.
  4. Comply with lead-safe work practice standards, including post-cleaning verification.
  5. Establish and maintain records or make available, permit access to or copying of records.

As a result, the proposed Consent Decree requires the company to pay a civil penalty of $400,000, and perform enhanced compliance measures company-wide.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][image_with_animation image_url=”4905″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 125 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year involving alleged noncompliance with at least one of the EPA’s lead-based paint requirements:

  • Toxic Substances Control Act.
  • Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.
  • Lead-based Paint Activities Rule.
  • Lead Disclosure Rule pursuant to the Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act.

Cases ranged from small businesses to major companies. According to the EPA, “in a criminal prosecution in New York, realtor Maureen Walck pled guilty to knowingly and willfully violating the Lead Disclosure Rule’s requirements to disclose lead-based paint information to a prospective home buyer, whose child was later diagnosed with lead poisoning.” The charge carries a maximum sentence of one-year imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

Lima Refining Co., settled alleged Clean Air Act violations through a civil judicial agreement. It includes a project valued at $1,750,000 to eliminate lead risks in local low-income residences with children or pregnant women, and a $1 million penalty.

Collectively, the settlements require alleged violators to pay $1,046,891 in penalties, and that’s even with the EPA reducing several penalties. The state, local authorities, clients, and other companies can all report unsafe lead paint practices.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text][maxbutton id=”2″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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