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EPA, Lowe's reach settlement on lead dust from renovations

April 22, 2014
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WASHINGTON — Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to implement a lead abatement compliance program  to ensure that "contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation," according to the Woodworking Network.

The agreement is part of a settlement with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which determined "Lowe's had violated the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP)," the article stated.

According to the article, Lowe's must also pay a $500,000 civil penalty, which is the largest ever for violations of the RRP Rule.

"Lowe's is taking responsibility for the actions of the firms it hires, and EPA expects other contractors to do the same," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Lowe’s must now launch a nationwide program encompassing all of its stores to ensure that contractors it hires to perform renovation projects, such as window and door installations, are properly certified for lead abatement, the article noted.

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