Idaho is part of a large legal settlement in which Lowe's Home Centers, the nation's No. 2 home improvement retailer, will pay a half-million dollars to settle claims that its contractors had violated environmental rules.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor had alleged that Lowe's had violated federal rules governing lead paint exposure. An EPA investigation found that Lowe's could not provide documentation to prove that contractors it had hired in nine states, including Idaho, were certified by the agency, or had used its approved kits to test for lead paint at the work sites.
A Lowe's spokeswoman said the company had cooperated with the EPA and resolved all issues that the agency had alleged.
Lead-based paint was banned in the United States in 1978 but remains in many older homes and apartments.