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Home Renovator Settles RRP Case

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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A Missouri renovation company will pay $21,980 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 said Bordner Installation Group Inc., of Raytown, MO, agreed to settle alleged violations under the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule.

As part of the settlement, the company—which provides roofing, windows, siding, stucco and other services—agreed to a $19,782 Supplemental Environmental Project to benefit a youth education facility in Kansas City, MO. The remaining funds will be paid in cash to the United States.

EPA Pamphlet

EPA's Renovate Right pamphlet helps homeowners and tenants understand the risks of lead-based paint, and how to minimize these risks.

The Supplemental Environmental Project requires Bordner to perform lead-based paint abatement and replace 28 windows at Grace United Community Ministries.

Violations Alleged

EPA said a recordkeeping inspection revealed the RRP violations.

The company failed to provide owners of homes built prior to 1978 with an EPA-approved lead information pamphlet prior to beginning work, and failed to retain records demonstrating compliance with RRP rule requirements for lead safe work practices, the agency alleged.

The family-owned and operated company was founded in 1987 and serves the Kansas City area.

The RRP Rule

The RRP rule requires that those receiving compensation for work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be certified and use lead-safe work practices.

These practices are designed to reduce the creation and dispersion of dangerous lead dust during sanding, cutting, window replacement, and other common activities that disturb lead-based paint.

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


Tagged categories: Enforcement; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Government; Lead; Lead paint abatement; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Regulations; Windows

Comment from Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip, (10/12/2015, 5:19 PM)

The punishment for failure to inform homeowners of the risks taken with their families should be beyond a monetary fine, in my opinion, especially when the company is RRP trained. After the training, ignorance is no excuse for gross neglect.

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