BOSTON (AP) – The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a $57,530 fine against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming it violated lead paint disclosure rules at employee housing.

The complaint alleges violations of federal lead disclosure rules for employee housing at VA medical centers at Northampton, Bedford, and Togus, Maine. The EPA claimed that in 1999 and 2000, the VA failed to notify tenants about potential lead-based paint hazards. The three medical centers include a total of 61 housing units the VA leases out.

to employees and their families.

Federal law requires that landlords selling or renting housing built before 1978 must disclose potential lead-based paint hazards to buyers and renters.

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