The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is targeting the New Haven, Connecticut, area for tougher enforcement of rules designed to protect children from the hazards of lead in paint.
Some 200 renovators and painting contractors, property management companies, and landlords in the area were invited by the EPA to a meeting on April 16, 2014, to learn more about the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, part of the Toxic Substances Act.
The rule took effect in 2010. It requires training and certification for renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and facilities used or occupied by children, where they are likely to encounter lead-based paint. The EPA says New Haven has one of the highest rates of childhood lead exposure in New England.
In addition to scheduling the informational session, the EPA said it would follow up by inspecting a number of the companies in June. “The inspections may be followed up with enforcement,” the agency said in a news release.
At the New Haven meeting, the EPA said it also would introduce what it called an “expedited settlement offer” for a single violation of the RRR rule. No details were offered, and the EPA’s regional press contact wasn’t available to explain it. The Journal of Light Construction, however, said it probably would be similar to settlements made under an earlier pilot program in which contractors agreed to reduced penalties for minor violations of the rule.