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Lowe’s Pays $500,000 for Lead Rule Violations

lowes-logoLowe’s Home Centers will pay $500,000 after violating the EPA’s lead rules.

The home improvement retailer has also agreed to implement a corporate-wide compliance program to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.

The $500,000 civil penalty is the largest ever for violations of the RRP rule, according to the US Department of Justice and the EPA.

The settlement stems from violations, discovered by EPA inspectors, of the RRP Rule’s recordkeeping and work practice standards at private homes that had been renovated by Lowe’s contractors.

The EPA discovered the violations through a review of records from projects performed by renovators working under contract for the following Lowe’s stores: Alton, Ill.; Kent and Trotwood, Ohio; Bedford, N.H.; Southington, Conn.; South Burlington, Vt.; Rochester, N.Y.; Savannah and Lebanon, Tenn.; Boise, Idaho Falls, and Nampa, Idaho; and Muldoon, Alaska.

Last month Lowe’s agreed to pay $18.1 million to settle claims that more than 100 of its stores in California illegally dumped hazardous waste in landfills.

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