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Reality TV Painting Company Draws Fine

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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An Oregon painting contractor has once again been thrust into media spotlight, but this time, it’s not for projects featured on hit television shows.

Fitzpatrick Painting Inc., based in Albany, has been fined $15,847 for "illegally burning prohibited materials" in Albany, the state's Department of Environmental Quality announced in March.

Fitzpatrick Painting’s work has been highlighted on popular television shows including ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and TLC’s “Little People, Big World.”

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Environmental authorities say that employees of Fitzpatrick Painting Inc., were burning many building products known to cause thick smoke and noxious odors in a burn pit in Albany.

The company did not immediately respond Tuesday (April 5) to a request for comment on the case, but authorities say the company has appealed the fine.

Open Burn Pit

Authorities say that on Nov. 1, 2015, employees of Fitzpatrick Painting burned many products known to cause thick smoke and noxious odors.

The open burn pit—measuring approximately 75 feet long, 35 feet wide and 7 feet tall—held various items including paint cans, linoleum products, rubber, plastic, asphalt materials, petroleum products, carpet and treated wood.

The burn pit was located near the company’s Albany headquarters, authorities say.

DEQ explains that burning these types of materials is prohibited at all times statewide. The burning poses a threat to the environment and human health, including to young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, officials note.

DEQ estimates it would have cost the company $2,343 to properly dispose of the material at a local landfill, according to a local report.

In the Spotlight

Founded in 1994, Fitzpatrick Painting provides residential and commercial painting services throughout Oregon. The company has additional locations in Salem, Corvallis and Eugene, according to its website.

In 2007, the company volunteered all the labor for painting interior and exterior surfaces at the Byers Family Home as a part of ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” according to project details on the company’s site.

In 2008, a crew from Fitzpatrick Painting volunteered to paint a large barn on a farm owned by the Roloff family, stars of TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” program, the website notes.

   

Tagged categories: Air quality; Citations; Environmental Protection; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America; Paint disposal

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