USEPA Enforcement Alert: The USEPA Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

The October, 2018 USEPA Enforcement Alert opens by asking the following question: “Do you know that if you are not lead-safe certified, disturbing just six square feet of a lead-based paint covered surface could cost you fines and even jail time?” In 2018, USEPA announced 141 federal enforcement actions to protect the public, particularly children, […]

NYSDEC Issues Enforcement Discretion Letter Delaying the Implementation of Select Portions of the updated and revised Solid Waste Management Rules that took effect in 2017

  A comprehensive revision to New York State’s solid waste regulations took effect on November 4, 2017. On March 1, 2018, the NYSDEC formally issued an enforcement discretion letter that effectively rolls back the implementation of the new rules in four (4) specifically designated areas. The delay in enforcement will expire on May 3, 2019 or […]

Environmental Criminal Enforcement Update

Lockport, NY Realtor Pleads Guilty To Violating Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rules  This first case is an appropriate follow-up to my August 30, 2017 blog post, which discussed EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. On September 7, 2017, Maureen S. Walck, of Lockport, NY, pleaded guilty to failure to provide a lead paint hazard warning […]

The USEPA Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program – the RRP Rule

To ensure that property owners and occupants are able to act quickly to preserve their homes and property in the wake of disasters, the RRP rule includes an emergency provision exempting firms from certain requirements. EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb […]