The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently fined Anaheim, Calif.-based remodeler G.D. Friend Inc. $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule while performing work at two residential properties in Southern California. The RRP Rule seeks to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair or remodeling work in housing built before 1978.

G.D. Friend installs energy-efficient home improvement products, such as windows and siding. An EPA inspection found that in February and March 2014, the company performed work at two pre-1978 properties in Anaheim and La Verne without receiving proper certification from EPA,  failed to provide clients with the required federal Renovate Right brochure,  failed to keep records indicating compliance with lead-safe work practices, and didn’t ensure that a certified renovator handled all of its work with lead-based paint.

EPA enforces the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, and its RRP rule to protect residents from exposure to lead-based paint hazards. Contractors who disturb painted surfaces in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be trained and certified, provide educational materials to residents, and follow safe work practices. Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, but EPA estimates that it is still present in more than 37 million older homes in the United States.

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