New York, NY - As you may already know, the EPA has authorized 12 states to run their own RRP Program, including Washington, Oregon, Utah, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. What may not be as clear, however, is to what extent the EPA has overreach in regards to enforcement in those states.
The Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule states that the EPA's maximum penalty is $37,500 per day for RRP violations, whereas in a state like Massachusetts that runs its own program, that maximum fine is much less, at $5,000 per violation. But that is not reason to celebrate for contractors in RRP-authorized states. EPA has enforcement oversight of an authorized state, and if an authorized state is unable to handle a violation case, or asks EPA to take it over, EPA can and will step in to go after a violator utilizing EPA's penalty fee structure.
Although violators of the lead-based paint program would not receive a penalty amount from both the authorized state and EPA, understand that the EPA is allowed to do its own RRP inspections in authorized states, and are scheduled to accomplish RRP inspections in those areas imminently.
The breakdown: this RRP Rule is not going away, and it pays to pay up front. If you do need training, or have additional questions on this topic, we are happy to help - send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-800-355-1751.
Greg J., Certified Lead Renovator, is the Programs Manager at Green Education Services specializing in lead safety training.