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Thu., April 17, 2014, 1:11 p.m.

Lowe’s To Pay Record Pollution Fine

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to pay $500,000 and implement a new compliance program to settle allegations that it did not properly ensure that its contractors followed lead pollution laws, federal officials said Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice said some contractors that Lowe’s hired to do home renovation projects did not follow proper recordkeeping standards laid out in the EPA’s rules regarding lead renovation, repair and painting (RRP). The civil penalty is the largest ever related to the RRP rule, which applies to work completed in older homes and facilities occupied by young children, the agency said. The rule first took effect in 2008/The Hill. More here. (AP file photo)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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