(CNN) - The Department of Justice reports Home Depot has agreed to pay a $20 million fine because its contractors failed to properly handle lead paint in customers’ homes.
The fine is the largest penalty in United States history under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
The settlement is part of a deal Home Depot reached with the Environmental Protection Agency and the DOJ.
Home renovation companies that subcontracted with Home Depot are accused of cutting corners during renovations.
According to the EPA, the contractors for Home Depot were cutting corners when removing lead paint spreading dust and paint chips.
Lead paint was banned in 1978 because it was linked to serious health problems including developmental issues in young children.
It is not clear how the $20 million from the fine will be used, but there is no mention that any of it will go to victims.