Renovation Activities Prompt EPA Fine
A California renovator has been fined nearly $30,000 for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint safety regulations.
G.D. Friend Inc. (operating as Everlast Home Energy Solutions) allegedly failed to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California, according to an announcement issued Wednesday (March 30) by the U.S. EPA.
“Renovation work in older homes can create hazardous lead dust, but there are simple steps contractors can take to keep everyone safe,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA will take enforcement action against companies to ensure they follow proper lead-safety procedures.”
Headquartered in Anaheim, CA, G.D. Friend installs energy efficient home improvement products, such as windows and siding throughout the region.
An EPA inspection found that in February and March 2014, the company performed work at two pre-1978 residential properties in Anaheim and La Verne without:
Fines against the construction company total $28,564, according to the EPA.
Lead-contaminated dust can be easily ingested or inhaled, according to the EPA.
Childrens' bodies absorb more lead and their brain and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead, EPA says.
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips that can settle on home surfaces. Exposure to such contamination through hand-to-mouth contact or breathing can result in lead poisoning for children, families and construction workers.
Children are most at risk, as their bodies absorb more lead and their brain and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead, EPA says.
The RRP Rule seeks to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair or remodeling activities in housing, child-care facilities, and pre-schools built before 1978.