It has come to our attention that a representative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently visited the Wenatchee area, specific to enforcement of the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program rules. While these are regulations specific to the EPA, the EPA allows Washington and twelve other states to administer its own RRP program through the Department of Commerce, including administering compliance of these rules.
However, with this recent activity by the EPA and their aggressive tone, it appears the federal agency may be ramping up its own version of compliance, which is most definitely one of compliance-by-penalties! The civil penalties are SIGNIFICANT! In fact, they can be as much as $37,000 per day, per incident.
We do not want any small-business to incur the significant fines that EPA can levy, much less one of our member companies! Please don’t ignore this call-to-attention!
Avoid Fines...Get Certified!
Does your business involve the renovation, repair or painting of structures built before 1978?
If so, there are federal regulations that went into effect in April 2010 which may prevent you from performing your work. Under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Re- pair, and Painting (RRP) Program, construction firms must apply for and receive EPA Certification to disturb paint as part of their work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. In addition, all of these jobs must be supervised by Certified Renovators; specifically, individuals who have completed an EPA-accredited, full-day training course. The training course is required for any contractor that is involved in any activity that will - or has the potential to - disturb six square feet of lead-based paint in a room, or 20 square feet on the exterior. The rule does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities; however, window replacement is not considered minor maintenance or repair.
Who Should Be Certified?
- Home Improvement/Renovation Contractors
- Maintenance Personnel
- Residential Property Managers/Owners
- Workers Removing or Modifying Painted Surfaces
- Anyone disturbing more than 6 sq. ft. (interior) & 20 sq. ft. (exterior) of lead-based paint.
Please contact BNCW for more information about compliance and upcoming certification classes that we’re scheduling now for our members. (509) 293-5840