Dealer Settles Lead Paint Claim with EPA

April 1, 2011

Window World of St. Louis Inc., has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least 20 St. Louis-area residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those locations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., the window replacement company, located in Maryland Heights, Mo., was legally required to provide owners and residents of the properties with an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties.

As part of the settlement with EPA, Window World of St. Louis has agreed to perform a supplemental environmental project in addition to paying civil penalties. The window dealer will also spend a about $20,000 to replace 73 old windows contaminated with lead paint at three group home facilities operated by Youth in Need, a non-profit social services organization, EPA reports.