Apr 17, 2014 1:43 PM by AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says that Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to settle violations of federal requirements that call for its contractors to minimize lead dust from home renovations.
Lowe's is one of the nation's largest home improvement retailers where homeowners can contract for home projects. The government says the company will pay a $500,000 civil penalty and will implement a compliance program for the retailer's home renovations program offered through its more than 1,700 stores.
The Justice Department says the action will help prevent children's exposure to lead by raising home improvement contractors' awareness of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead safety regulations.