EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penalties.
According to reports, Seismic Retrofitters Inc., located in San Francisco, and All Seasons Construction, located in Oakland, will pay about $27,000 and $8,500 in penalties, respectively.
The EPA says that the companies failed to comply with occupant notification requirements in advance of renovations, and lacked required lead paint renovation certifications.
The EPA’s investigations also found both Seismic Retrofitters and All Seasons did not retain proper records, such as those ensuring that a certified renovator performed on-the job training for workers and performed post-renovation cleaning verification.
Both violations are in relation to the “Toxic Substances Control Act’s Renovation, Repair and Repainting” rule and the “Pre-Renovation Education” rule, which require contractors working in housing or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 to follow practices that minimize lead exposure and inform residents how to protect themselves from lead exposure.
“Reducing childhood lead exposure and its health impacts is a top priority for [the] EPA,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker.
“We will continue to diligently enforce our requirements to ensure children, workers, and residents are properly informed and protected.”
The fines come less than six months after the Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires some paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in California.
That case followed a nearly 10-year saga, which was originally filed by Santa Clara County in Superior Court in 2000 and was intended to hold several gas, paint and chemical companies accountable for what was deemed a massive public health crisis brought on by the presence of lead paint in a number of California homes and buildings.