Castro Valley, CA (PRWEB) August 23, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a document that details enforcement guidelines for violations of the RRP Lead Paint Regulations. While the RRP Lead Paint Regulations were released in April of 2010, there was never any definition of specific violations and associated penalties.
The new document, LBP Consolidated ERRP (Consolidated Enforcement Response and Penalty Policy) details enforcement policies. While individual fines can be ,500, multiple violation fines can be substantially larger. Contractors have a new major liability to manage when performing construction in pre-1978 homes.
One of the major areas of compliance and source of fines is proper job site clean up using lead HEPA vacuums.Contractors using better equipped lead hepa vacuums will have cleaner jobs sites, less lead contamination, reduced liability and operating costs. The ERRP applies to the EPA’s Pre-Renovation Education Rule, Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, and Lead Based Paint Activities Rule.
Contractors, property owners, pest control operators, and others performing work on pre-1978 properties now have a defined set of standards and associated penalties for non-compliance with lead paint regulations. The new ERRP document has defined tables of levels of fines based upon the type of violation, gravity of the violation, and guidelines for modification of penalties.
Worthy of notation is a section that addresses the ability to pay and continue in business. This section would suggest that the goal is not to put contractors out of business, but rather force compliance and levy fines based on actual ability to pay the fines. READ MORE