Window World of St. Louis Inc. has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least 20 St. Louis-area residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those locations.
The window replacement company, located in Maryland Heights, was legally required to provide owners and residents of the properties with a regulator-approved lead hazard information pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.
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, EPA officials said.
As part of its settlement with EPA, and in addition to paying the $19,529 civil penalty, Window World of St. Louis also has agreed to spend an estimated $20,048 to replace a total of 73 old windows contaminated with lead paint at three group homes operated by the nonprofit social services organization Youth in Need. Those facilities are located at 1420 N. Third St., 516 Jefferson St. and 529 Jefferson St. in St. Charles, Mo.
Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in the United States in 1978. Most homes built before 1978 contain some amount of lead-based paint, and subsequent renovation activity of such properties can cause occupants to be exposed to dust, chips and debris that contain lead.
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Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:27am CDT – Last Modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:46am CDT