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MO Renovator Settles RRP Case

Monday, June 29, 2015

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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.

Blue Springs Siding & Windows LLC violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule in September 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency said in an administrative consent agreement and final order that resolved the case in May.

Allegations

EPA inspectors said Blue Springs had failed to maintain records of lead-safe work practices on two properties in Kansas City, MO, and had not applied to become an EPA-certified firm at the time of the renovation work.

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The residential RRP rule was designed to protect building occupants from lead poisoning. Many homes built before 1978 still contain lead paint.

One of the houses was constructed in 1965 and the other in 1926, the documents said.

The RRP rule regulates activities that disturb lead-based paint in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978. The provisions include certification of individuals and firms involved in these activities.

Subcontracted Work

The EPA also said Blue Springs had subcontracted the renovations at the properties. The subcontractor was not identified.

Under the RRP rule, general contractors can be held liable for renovation work performed by subcontractors. General contractors and subs must comply with all RRP requirements, including record-keeping  and work practices, the agency said.

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Inspectors say Blue Springs Siding & Window did not have EPA lead-safe certification before subcontracting renovation work. The image does not depict the inspection in this case.

Blue Springs was founded in 1998 and replaces windows, doors and siding in the Kansas City metro area.

The company did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

Lead Hazards

Renovation, repair and painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed.

Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death. Young children face the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing, according to the EPA.

At least 4 million households have children who are being exposed to high levels of lead, the EPA reports.

Lawmakers have recently introduced legislation aimed at easing provisions of the RRP rule.

   

Tagged categories: Enforcement; EPA; General contractors; Lead; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Regulations; Renovation; Subcontractors

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