Lead Renovation Rule
Maine Renovator First to Face Penalty
A Rockland, Maine, renovator and apartment building owner appears to be the first to face penalties for lead-safe work-practice violations, under the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which became effective on April 22, 2010. The maximum penalty for the alleged violations is $37,500 per violation per day.
The violations were brought to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attention via an anonymous tip linking to a video of the violations posted on YouTube and taken in October 2010.
According to an EPA news release, “two workers employed by Colin Wentworth of Rockland failed to contain dust and debris generated by lead paint removal activities during a repainting project in October 2010. Although Mr. Wentworth had completed the eight-hour course required by the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, he did not provide the required training or supervision to his employees to ensure that they followed the required work practices prior to their use of high-speed dust-generating power tools to remove lead paint from the building. Wentworth also failed to take steps to obtain the mandatory lead-safe certification for his firm.” For more information, visit www.epa.gov