EPA Fines 16 Firms for Violating Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

November 15, 2012
Government
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined 16 firms for violating the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, according to a November 14 announcementThe 16 enforcement actions include 13 administrative settlements and three filed administrative complaints.
More than half of the firms cited were fined for failing to obtain firm certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes. This violates the  RRP rule requiring contractors that work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices. Other alleged violations included firms' failure to provide EPA's “Renovate Right” pamphlet to homeowners and occupants.
Some companies are paying relatively modest fines “pursuant to the Pilot RRP Penalty Program for Micro-Businesses," according to the EPA. "Under the Micro-Business pilot, significantly reduced penalties are offered to respondents who have annual sales or gross pre-tax revenue of $300,000 or less," EPA officials stated on their website.
When formulating civil penalties, EPA must evaluate a firm's ability to pay a penalty and to remain in business. Accordingly, the EPA assessed a total of $53,792 in civil penalties. In the three administrative complaints that EPA filed, the agency is seeking civil penalties up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. 
Of the 16 companies fined, not all are contractors. Those cited also included property managers and a training firm. Only one of the companies mentioned window replacement as part of its business. Below is a list of the companies fined by the EPA:

Settlements:

- Alliance Contracting & Design, LLC of Bay City, Mich.
- Dasa Properties LLC of Buffalo, N. Y. 
- DiGiorgi Roofing and Siding, Inc. of Beacon Falls, Conn.
- Exterior Images of Derry, N.H. 
- Hometown Painting, Inc. of Warrenville, Ill. 
- Kindred Painting, LLC of Dover, N.H. 
- Leanza Painting Contractors, Inc. of Morristown, N. J.
- Mac Stringer Painting and Staining of Ontario, N. Y. 
- Scheffler Painting, LLC of Trenton, Mich. 
- Spartan Painting, Inc. of Haslett, Mich. 
- Sunshine Home Improvement, LLC of Lenexa, Kan. 
- Universal Remodeling & Building, LLC of Stratford, Conn. 
- Wildwood Apartments, LLC of Jackson, Mich.

Complaints:

- Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Inc. of Braintree, Mass.
- PZ Painting of Springfield, N.J. 
- Kachina Contractor Solutions of Elkins Park, Penn.

More information about these settlements is available here.