The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled with two Denver-area and three North Dakota contractors, resolving alleged violations of the lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting (LRRP) rule.

KSK Builders LLC and HomeWrights LLC of Denver and JH & JH Properties, Clooten Siding & Window and Buechler Construction of North Dakota were the companies who settled.

Both JH and KSK paid a $2,000 penalty, Clooten paid $2,800, Buechler paid $2,100 and HomeWrights paid $9,400.

“Protecting children’s health is a central part of EPA’s mission,” says Suzanne Bohan, director of EPA’s regional enforcement program. “EPA is taking a close look at neighborhoods where lead-based paint is a concern by providing residents with information about potential health impacts and making sure contractors are following requirements that reduce exposure in homes.”

The settlements announced today are part of “an ongoing initiative to protect [people] from toxic lead paint hazards during home renovations,” according to the EPA.

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