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EPA Takes Action Against Violators of LRRP Rule

The LRRP rule protects occupants of homes built before 1978, and the contractors who perform remodeling or renovation work on them, from exposure to lead paint hazards. The rule is now more than 3 years old and the majority of professional contractors taking on projects in these homes are becoming more comfortable complying with the rule and finding that they can do so profitably. 

Unfortunately, there are still some contractors resisting the rule and refusing to implement its work standards. Those contractors are putting their customers and their own employees at risk, and making it more difficult for the professional contractors who are trying to work safely. The EPA and local officials are taking action against those who ignore the rule.

On May 2, the EPA reported enforcement actions it took against 17 contractors for their failure to follow lead-safe work practices. The full report detailing the citations can be viewed at the EPA's website by clicking here.

The EPA does not have an office in Minnesota and there remains some confusion over enforcement activities here. This should not be taken as a reason for contractors in our state to ignore the rule or be lax in developing profitable ways to comply with the rule. If you have questions or need ideas for complying with the LRRP rule, give me a call at 651-470-3669 and we can discuss options.

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