Protecting Homeowners from Lead Poisoning Falling Short

Protecting Homeowners from Lead Poisoning Falling ShortA law that was passed in order to defend children and adults from contracting lead poisoning has failed to be enforced, affecting hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. As there are not enough resources in order to adequately manage the issue, Homeowners Insurance Connecticut claims are happening more frequently.

The law, titled Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), requires that contractors must be trained in and follow lead-safe practices that prevent the spread of lead particles during home renovations, according to Bangor Daily News. However, a report conducted by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has indicated that this law is rarely enforced.

Sharon Hayes, manager of the toxics and pesticides program for the regional EPA said “This is absolutely a national problem, there’s not enough resources to do it adequately. I’m sure we’re missing cases everywhere, not just Maine. We’ve probably had on the order of 20 some-odd cases in all of New England. It’s not a lot, but it’s the best we can do.” However, only three incidents have been enforced with disciplinary action in Maine since 2010. Because of the shortage of resources, Hayes claims that she and her team are focusing on highly concentrated complaint areas such as Nashua, New Hampshire and New Haven, Connecticut.

However, there seems to be hope for the program according to Tanya Hodge Mottley, EPA official. In a statement she explained “I am pleased with the state of implementation of the lead RRP rule this far, and at the same time, I think there is much that can be done to make it more successful-both by EPA and by the contracting community. We have a good foundation in place and we continue to look for ways to grow and improve the program.”

While past laws only protected tenants from lead poisoning, this new law was created in order to extend the defense to the homeowners who hired the contractors to renovate their homes. More specifically, this law was needed in order to protect those who are renovating homes dated prior to 1978, when lead paint is more likely to be present.

The law, which is working to be enforced nationally, states that “firms performing renovation, repair and painting…in homes, child care facilities, and kindergartens built before 1978” would require an 8 hour training course for certification on lead-safe practices. If the course was bypassed, offending contractors would be liable for paying up to $37,000 per day for violations.

At Byrnes Agency, we provide a variety of coverages in order to safeguard your largest investment-your home. We understand that there are inherent risks with renovation and ownership and strive to protect your assets and your property. For more information, contact us at one of our three locations.

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Phone: (860) 774-8549
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Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Norwich, CT 06360
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Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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