Home Depot was reportedly assessed a $20.8 million fine Thursday for failing to ensure contractors follow regulations related to lead paint.
Home Depot must also implement a program to ensure that firms and contractors it hires to perform home renovations are certified to use lead-safe work practices. https://t.co/CaKe033HqK
— WWMT-TV (@wwmtnews) December 17, 2020
The $20.75 million settlement with the federal government reportedly includes Utah, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Home Depot will reportedly be required to start a program to make sure that future contractors are certified to use lead-safe work methods. (RELATED: Florida Men Get Into Heated Fight With Paint Outside Home Depot)
The use of lead-based paint in residential settings was reportedly banned in 1978, but can be found in older structures.
Contractors allegedly did not perform post-work cleaning, giving lead-based paint pamphlets to customers, and maintaining compliance records.
The settlement handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia is subject to a 30-day public comment window and subsequent court approval, according to the Star Tribune.