On November 14, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 16 enforcement actions for alleged violations of its Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which governs construction activities that disturb lead-based paint. The Rule, which took effect in 2010, requires that contractors who work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained to use lead-safe work practices that minimize dangerous lead dust. Lead exposure has been linked to several negative health effects, particularly in children, including learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and seizures. Violations of the Rule can result in penalties of up to $37,500 per violation.
Find out more information about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.