WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 16 enforcement actions for violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The RRP rule requires that contractors that work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practices. EPA finalized the rule in 2008, and it took effect on April 22, 2010.

In at least five of the enforcement actions, children lived at the property, and in several cases, respondents failed to obtain firm certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes.

The 16 enforcement actions include 13 administrative settlements and three filed administrative complaints.