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April 18, 2014

Lowe's fined $500,000 for lead dust violations

  • The settlement involved Lowe's contractors who failed to use “lead-safe” practices when working on homes, day-cares and schools built before 1978.
  • By JIM SUHR
    AP Business Writer

    ST. LOUIS — Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday.

    As part of the deal announced by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina-based home improvement retailer also pledged to adopt a compliance program for dealing with lead paint during the renovation programs offered through its more than 1,700 stores.


     
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