Posts Tagged ‘ EPA ’

EPA Cites Two Arizona Companies for Lead Paint Violations

Jul 13th, 2018

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with two Arizona companies for violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP) — Tucson-based Davis Kitchens and Tempe-based Holtzman Home Improvements. “Exposure to lead paint is one of the most common ways children develop lead poisoning,” said Mike Stoker, EPA’s Regional […]

EPA Could Toughen Lead Dust Hazard Standards

Jun 29th, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a proposal to strengthen the lead dust hazard standards for window sills and floors, though the agency says it shouldn’t affect the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. “Reducing childhood lead exposure is a top priority for EPA,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Lead-contaminated dust from […]

Contractor Pleads Guilty to RRP Violations

Jun 11th, 2018

A Pennsylvania contractor pled guilty in May for failing to follow work procedures dictated by the federal Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule during window replacement work in 2017. Charles H. Bitner Jr., the president and owner of Bitner Brothers Construction, could face up to a $200,000 fine and five years’ probation when he […]

EPA Settles with Three Companies Over Lead Paint Violations

May 31st, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reached settlement agreements with three companies from Maryland and Virginia over alleged violations of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) that occurred during renovation work in October 2015 at the University Towers condominium development in Silver Spring, Md. It’s the first major enforcement action announced since the […]

LRRP: The Political Hot Potato Hits the Ground

Apr 30th, 2018

Last September, I wrote a cautiously optimistic blog about the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP). In it, I expressed my enthusiasm that our industry was working hard to make our voice heard on the issue and that the government was undergoing a mandatory Section 610 Review of the policy. After the headlines last […]

Thoughts on the Lead Paint Rule

Apr 26th, 2018

The news this week was not ideal for window installers — or for some people in older homes who might need windows replaced. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the results of a mandatory two-year study on the economic impacts of the unpopular Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP). After looking at the evidence […]

EPA: Lead Paint Rule Won’t Be Changing

Apr 25th, 2018

After completing a federally mandated two-year review of the economic impacts of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Tuesday that there will be no changes to the regulation. The RRP rule, which has been deeply unpopular among door and window installers since the EPA first published it […]

Window Company Fined $67,180 for Lead Paint Violations

Apr 17th, 2018

Advanced Window Inc. of Frederick, MD,  is facing $67,180 in penalties from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead paint violations that the agency said occurred during window replacement work at the Southern Towers apartments in Alexandria, VA, in 2015. According to the EPA, the company violated the agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule […]

EPA Reaches Lead Paint Settlements in California, Arizona

Mar 16th, 2018

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced six lead paint enforcement actions in California and Arizona that brought in a total of $287,000 in settlements  during the past year. “Lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning in children,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific […]

Will Energy Star Survive Again?

Feb 19th, 2018

Last week, DWM wrote an informative article about the 2019 White House budget plan and what it would mean for the Energy Star program. Long story short, if the plan passes as is, Energy Star would become a “pay-to-play” program with manufacturers being charged a fee to participate. It would also include a $46 million […]

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