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EPA Issues Fine to Nebraska Contractor: Are you Notifying Homeowners of Lead Risks in Remodel Projects?

Last week, Albracht Perma-Siding and Window Co., of Omaha, Nebraska, agreed to pay a $6,188 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify an Omaha couple about lead-based paint risks before the company or its subcontractors performed renovation work in their pre-1978 home. The company also failed to keep records of lead safe practices for work it performed at 10 pre-1978 homes in Lincoln, Bellevue, and Omaha, Nebraska.

Albracht and/or its subcontractors were legally required to provide owners and occupants of the properties with an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties. They were also required to maintain records of required lead safe work practices performed at the properties. According to the consent decree entered into with the EPA, neither of these requirements was satisfied by Albract or its subcontractors.

Provision of the lead hazard information pamphlet to property owners and occupants is one requirement of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, which Congress passed in 1992 as an amendment of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). There are other requirements under the Act but apparently this was the violation the EPA was most concerned about in issuing the fine.

The question for contractors and subcontractors working in pre-1978 homes is: Are you keeping accurate records of your lead safety practices and meeting these requirements?