The EPA inspected the site in November 2012 to examine LHP’s practices in connection with the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, which pertains to work on homes built prior to 1978, when lead paint was made illegal. The rule requires organizations working on homes fitting that classification to do so in a way that minimizes the risk of exposure, both for their workers and surrounding residents, to the toxic lead dust and debris that is likely to be generated.
The EPA inspection found several RRP violations at the LHP worksite, including no warning signs, open doors and windows within 20 feet of the renovation work, no plastic covering over doors used in the work area, no plastic covering on the ground to capture any dust or debris, and inadequate containment of waste from the worksite, potentially allowing dust and debris to be released into the environment.
The company had previously encountered enforcement action with the EPA in 2009 for other violations to the RRP rule. The most recent action settlement will see LHP pay a civil penalty of $8,840.