Window World of St. Louis to Pay $19,529 Penalty for Failure to Notify Owners, Residents of Lead Risks Before Renovation

Release date: 03/31/2011

Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., March 31, 2011) – 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.

According to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan.,
the window replacement company, located in Maryland Heights, Mo., was legally required to
provide owners and residents of the properties with an EPA-approved lead hazard information
pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties.

Provision of the lead hazard information pamphlet to property owners and occupants is one
requirement of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, which Congress passed
in 1992 as an amendment of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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.
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.

The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act requires renovators of such properties
to obtain certified training, follow safe work practices, and take specific steps to make owners
and occupants aware of health risks associated with lead exposure before renovation work
occurs.

As part of its settlement with EPA, and in addition to paying the $19,529 civil penalty, Window
World of St. Louis has agreed to perform a supplemental environmental project, through which it
will spend an estimated $20,048 to replace a total of 73 old windows contaminated with lead
paint at three group home facilities operated by the non-profit social services organization Youth
in Need. Those facilities are located at 1420 N. 3rd Street, 516 Jefferson Street, and 529
Jefferson Street, in St. Charles, Mo.

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