Remodeling company RDF Inc. will pay a $3,033 penalty and spend $27,304 to replace windows in pre-1978 Lincoln, Neb., homes to settle allegations that their Paul Davis Restoration franchise violated Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.

According to the agency's March 19 news release, the company was fined after an inspection allegedly found that the company failed to provide the Renovate Right pamphlet to a homeowner, retain records for three years, assign a certified renovator to each renovation, post lead paint warning signs, properly clean the area of work, and dispose of and store waste and debris safely.

Paul Davis Restoration is a remodeling company providing emergency renovations for damage resulting from fire or flood. Emergency renovations offer immediate action to address public safety issues, and as such are sometimes excused from some lead-safe work requirements. But when emergency work is over, RRP rules apply.

RRP, which took effect April 22, 2010, requires that renovators adhere to lead-paint safety practices when performing work in homes built before 1978. The use of lead-paint was banned in homes in 1978 because it’s a health hazard, particularly to children and the elderly.