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EPA Announces Lead-Safe Renovation Fines

Three violations of the agency’s lead safe rule are resolved as contractors agree to pay penalties, with fines ranging from $1,500 to $10,000

Posted on Apr 11 2012 by Richard Defendorf

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it had imposed fines for three violations the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), which is designed to ensure that renovation activities that can create lead dust are conducted properly by trained and certified contractors or individuals.


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  1. Scott Robinson

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Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

The EPA is increasing inspections of RRP job sites and stepping up enforcement efforts

Posted on Dec 28 2011 by Richard Defendorf

Enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has so far yielded three noncompliance claims against contractors, with the first dated May 6.


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  1. Environmental Protection Agency, via NAHB

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EPA to Present Lead-Safe Webinar on Nov. 10

The free session will focus on lead-safe practices, compliance, certification, and recent rule changes

Posted on Nov 8 2011 by Richard Defendorf

The Environmental Protection Agency will present a webinar from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 10 to provide information about residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978.


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Energy Star’s ‘Most Efficient’ Appliance Label

A pilot program aims to encourage manufacturers to develop ‘better than Energy Star’ appliances

Posted on Aug 4 2011 by Richard Defendorf

In early May, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reviewed stakeholder comments on a pilot program designed to “identify and advance” products whose energy efficiency is, as the EPA puts it, “top tier.” Called Energy Star “Most Efficient,” the program focuses on seven product categories in what are, at the moment, a limited number of configurations and sizes: clothes washers, air-source heat pumps, central air conditioners, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, refrigerator-freezers, and televisions.


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  1. Environmental Protection Agency

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The EPA’s Proposed Dust-Wipe Lead-Testing Rule

If the new proposal is implemented, the cost of renovating older buildings would probably rise. But clean test results might help protect contractors from unjustified lawsuits.

Posted on Jun 30 2011 by Richard Defendorf

Even though full enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead-safe rules for renovations and repairs has been in place for almost a year, many contractors are still grappling with how to remain competitive while following the rules, according to an online survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).


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Lead Paint Law Claims First Contractor

EPA files a complaint against a Maine contractor for violating RRP requirements designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint

Posted on May 16 2011 by Richard Defendorf

By the end of 2010, after most remodelers and installers had complied with training and certification requirements under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, we were on the lookout for an EPA enforcement action.


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A Look at the Energy Star for Homes v2.5 Delay

The EPA is still on track to implement its Version 3 qualification guidelines for the Energy Star label, but implementation of an interim update, Version 2.5, will happen three months later than originally planned

Posted on Dec 22 2010 by Richard Defendorf

Although it was announced on December 1, the rescheduled launch of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Version 2.5 guidelines for the Energy Star for Homes program didn’t generate widespread coverage online. So we'll look at some highlights here.

Originally set to take effect on January 1, 2010, the v2.5 guidelines are now scheduled for implementation on April 1. Single-family homes permitted before then are eligible to qualify for an Energy Star label under the current guidelines, Version 2, until July 1, 2011.


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  1. Environmental Protection Agency

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