EPA Inspection Reveals Violations of Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule for Kansas City, Kan., Company

Contact Information: Angela Brees, 913-551-7940

(Lenexa, Kan., June 11, 2015) – EPA Region 7 conducted a random recordkeeping inspection at Damage Control & Restoration, Inc., in Kansas City, Kan., which revealed violations of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. As part of a settlement with EPA filed recently in Lenexa, Kan., the company has agreed to pay a $12,194 penalty to the United States.

The Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule seeks to reduce lead exposure from toxic lead dust that can be disturbed during renovations and repairs. The rule regulates lead-based paint activities, including renovation of residences built prior to 1978, and the certification of individuals and firms who are involved in these activities.

The recordkeeping inspection at Damage Control & Restoration, a home renovation company that specializes in fire and water restoration, revealed that the company failed to distribute required pamphlets, and retain records documenting lead safe work practices.

Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing. Today at least 4 million households have children who are being exposed to high levels of lead.

There are approximately half-a-million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the Centers for Disease Control recommends public health actions be initiated.