The Environmental Protection Agency is serious about cleaning up lead paint. On March 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced six settlements, totaling $287,000 and completed over the last year, regarding lead paint enforcement actions. Five of the settlements concerned the Renovation, Repair, and Paint Rule and involved four companies in California and one in Arizona. The Renovation, Repair and Paint Rule requires certain notifications, certifications, work practices, and record keeping when making renovations to pre-1978 housing. More information is available in the Q&A Lead-Based Renovation Rule. The sixth settlement involved a California residential rental property firm for violation of the Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule, which requires that landlords, property managers, and real estate agents provide lead paint hazards notifications on pre-1978 housing. C.A.R. members can easily comply with the rule by providing the form “Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure, Acknowledgement and Addendum for Pre 1978 Housing Sales, Leases, or Rentals” (C.A.R. Form FLD) and the “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home” pamphlet available in the zipForm® California E-Pubs library and included in the printed combined Hazards Booklet.” More information is available in the Q&A Federal Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosures. In the settlement, EPA’s Acting Regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest said “Lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. EPA’s diligent enforcement of federal lead paint laws is not only necessary to protect communities across the country, but also ensures those who break the law are held accountable.” Click on the link above to see the EPA announcement.