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