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KANSAS CITY, Ks. (KMOX) –  Washington University has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the EPA, claiming that it failed to disclose the presence of lead-based paint in its married student housing units.

The university will spend at least $25,000 to replace old windows that contained lead-based paint, along with a civil penalty in the amount of $2,778 to the United States.

According to a civil consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., Washington University leased three apartments at 6012 McPherson Avenue and 6048 McPherson Avenue, northeast of its Danforth Campus, to student tenants in 2008, 2009 and 2010, without disclosing to them that the City of St. Louis Health Department had previously cited the university for lead-based paint violations at those properties in 2000 and 2006.

The settlement alleges that Washington University stated in lead warning statements attached to those property leases that it had no knowledge of the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the units.

The university also failed to provide tenants with records and reports of the city’s citations of the units.

As part of its settlement with EPA, Washington University has agreed to perform a supplemental environmental project that will involve the replacement of approximately 103 old windows in married student housing units located at 6317 Cates Avenue, just west of its North Campus.

This project, which will eliminate that particular source of lead-based paint dust in these residences, is expected to cost between $24,998 and $31,000.

 

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