A renovation company in Nebraska incurred a $6,188 penalty to settle allegations that it failed to notify a couple about lead-based paint risks before the company or its subcontractors performed renovation work at their pre-1978 home, as well as failing to keep adequate records on 10 previous pre-1978 projects.

Albracht Perma-Siding and Window, of Omaha, Neb., has agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency’s penalty for failing to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet to property owners and occupants, as required by the agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule.

The regulation is intended to protect owners and occupants of residential properties, child-care facilities, and schools built before 1978 from health risks associated with lead-based paint. It requires renovators of such properties to obtain certified training, follow safe work practices and record-keeping requirements, and take specific steps to make owners and occupants aware of health risks associated with lead exposure before renovation work occurs.

Though the EPA generally doesn’t send out press releases for smaller cases such as this one, it did so because the agency wants to raise awareness of the RRP rule. Read the EPA’s press release. —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.