lead

Lowe's agrees to $500,000 fine for violating lead paint rules

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by: Julie Wilson
Tags: lead paint, Lowe''s, EPA

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) The world's second-largest home improvement retail store, Lowe's, has agreed to pay a federal penalty of half a million dollars following a deal that was reached with the Justice Department last Thursday.

The disciplinary action comes after Lowe's was caught failing to abide by mandatory practices enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding lead exposure. The Daily Journal reports that the store is attempting to settle a claim involving company-employed contractors in nine different states.

The Justice Department alleges that these contractors broke or completely ignored rules set in place by the EPA addressing public exposure to lead paint dust during home renovation projects.

How many projects were in violation of the EPA's guidelines, and for how long, is unknown.

According to EPA.gov, the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires entities performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 to:

  • be certified by the EPA,
  • use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers
  • follow lead-safe work practices

In addition to the fine, the North Carolina-based company has agreed to adopt and implement a compliance program throughout its 1,7000 stores, in which renovations involving lead paint will be closely monitored.

Accusations against Lowe's include that its contractors inadequately completed paperwork meant to show adherence to safety practices regarding projects involving lead paint in home renovations. They also failed to prove their that contractors were properly trained and certified.

Exposure to lead can cause very serious health complications, even in small amounts. It is potentially fatal, and particularly dangerous to children. Lead poisoning occurs when the chemical is built up in the body over months or even years through inhalation or ingestion via contaminated hands, food, water or clothing.

Once entered into your digestive or respiratory system, it's released into your blood and distributed throughout your body, with more than 90 percent accumulating in your bones.

Children under the age of six are particularly more vulnerable due to adverse effects on mental and physical development. Some symptoms associated with lead poisoning in adults include:

  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • hearing loss
  • impaired concentration
  • seizures
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • colic
  • miscarriages
  • reduced sperm count
  • anemia

The Justice Department said the civil penalty to be paid by the store is the most severe punishment under the federal lead RRP Rule.

"Today's settlement sends a clear message to all contractors and the firms they hire: Get lead certified and comply with the law to protect children from exposure to dangerous lead dust," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

"Lowe's is taking responsibility for the actions of the firms it hires, and EPA expects other contractors to do the same."

A spokeswoman for Lowe's, Amanda Manna, attempted to downplay the company's gross violation by highlighting the fact that the employees in question only account for a small fraction of contractors working for the improvement store.

Manna also argued that no complaints regarding lead exposure that posed a health risk had been filed against the store.

However, consumer tips and complaints made in the past forced the EPA to enact a procedural review of practices involving lead exposure.

Stores in the following states were cited for violations:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont

Other occupations involving exposure to lead include:

  • construction workers
  • steel welders
  • bridge construction workers
  • firing range instructors and cleaners
  • painters
  • foundry workers
  • scrap metal recyclers
  • auto repairers
  • cable splicers

Sources:

http://media.lowes.com

https://www.health.ny.gov

http://www2.epa.gov

http://www.dailyjournal.net

http://science.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.