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Federal Regulators Get Serious about Lead Dust

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

This month, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and EPA's Criminal Investigation Division filed felony charges against a Long Island contractor accused of violating TSCA lead regulations with "conduct posing a risk of death or serious bodily injury" to a child. If convicted, the defendant could face up to 15 years in jail.

Federal regulations require lead remediation work to be conducted & supervised by an EPA-certified contractor, but the defendant's company -- Bright Lights Supreme Cleaning -- conducted lead removal without that certification. The company's owner is charged with identity theft (impersonating a certified contractor), failure to follow mandated TSCA work practices, and making false statements in obstruction of an EPA investigation. Read more in the Department of Justice news release.

The Challenge: federal lead dust regulations are still evolving, and it's important for building owners to stay abreast as things change. It's important to talk with an expert who can help evaluate compliance requirements that are relevant for your building.

An EPA-certified expert can ...

  • determine if a lead-dust hazard exists

  • identify least cost investments for remediation

  • protect the health of building occupants & workers

  • mitigate liability of the building owner or property manager

KEM applies state-of-the-art technology and works with independent, accredited laboratory analysis to verify the presence of lead. Once a comprehensive risk assessment is complete, our team helps clients evaluate their options, including in-place management of lead-containing building materials. KEM also can identify a licensed, accredited contractor to conduct abatement activities. Once abatement efforts are complete, we'll document clearance and provide a final report.

Check out the webinar access page to view our on-demand Lead Dust 101 course!

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