EPA Settles With Chapman Over Issues of Lead-Based Paint

December 11th, 2018 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it has settled with West Chester, Penn.-based Chapman Windows and Doors over violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. The violation comes around a month after the EPA settled with another window company, True View Windows, over similar violations.

The RRP rule was created to protect the public, and especially children, from lead-based paint hazards occurring during repair or remodeling activities in homes and facilities built before 1978, including such things as window replacement. The rule requires individuals performing renovations to be properly trained and certified, and to follow lead-safe work practices.

Chapman Windows and Doors will pay a $17,500 penalty due to RRP violations made in February 2017, when the EPA accused Chapman of making various violations during home renovations in West Chester. The alleged violations occurred while Chapman was working under parent company Air Tight Home Improvements, including:

  • Failing to document whether homeowners received the required lead hazard information pamphlet, “Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools;” in a timely manner;
  • Failing to retain records documenting compliance with lead-practices during renovation; and
  • Failing to ensure that renovators were EPA-certified to conduct lead-safe renovations.

While, according to the EPA, company officials for Chapman do not admit violations, they have cooperated with the agency in resolving the matter and have complied with applicable RRP requirements.

DWM reached out to Chapman, but the company has so far failed to comment.

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