CT Painting Company Cited for Lead Violations

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a settlement with a Bethel, Connecticut, painting company for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.

WestFair Painting Corp, an RRP-certified firm that employs a certified, RRP-trained renovator, is reportedly a local franchisee of CertaPro Painters.

“Companies certified under the Lead RRP Rule know the dangers of renovating properties with lead paint hazards and hiring contractors without proper lead training and certification is unacceptable,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash

“Thankfully EPA's action will help ensure children, who are the most vulnerable to lead exposure and its health effects, are further protected where they live and play.”

According to the agency, a routine inspection conducted in March 2023 allegedly found that the company failed to provide the Renovate Right pamphlet and retain RRP Rule records, both required under the RRP Rule.

Additionally, WestFair reportedly hired subcontractors that were not certified as a firm by EPA or renovator certified in lead-safe work practices under the RRP Rule.

The EPA says that the violations occurred in at least five renovation jobs, including one property that was child-occupied.

As a result of the settlement, the company will be required to come into compliance with the RRP Rule. Additionally, they have agreed to pay a penalty of $13,122.

Previous CertaPro Lead Violations

In January 2023, the EPA reached a settlement with CertaPro Painters in Westbrook, Maine for alleged violations of the Lead RRP Rule. The settlement was reached with IDK Ventures, which operates as CertaPro Painters of Maine. Under the terms of a settlement, CertaPro paid a fine of $16,636 and has certified compliance with the RRP Rule.

As part of its investigation into several complaints received from homeowners, the EPA requested documents from CertaPro regarding painting jobs they were hired to perform during 2021 and 2022 by its subcontractors at multiple locations in Maine.

According to the release, the EPA determined that, among other alleged violations, CertaPro failed to:

  • Ensure that all individuals performing renovation activities on behalf of the firm were either certified renovators or had been trained by a certified renovator;
  • Assign a certified renovator to each renovation performed by the firm;
  • Provide the owner of the unit with the EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet;
  • Ensure that, before beginning the renovation, the ground was covered with plastic sheeting or other disposable impermeable material extending 10 feet beyond the perimeter of surfaces undergoing renovation; and
  • Ensure that the all ducts in the work area were covered with taped-down plastic sheeting or other impermeable material.

The EPA reported that there were children between the ages of six and 17 confirmed to be residing in at least two of the properties that are the subject of this case. The EPA coordinated with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Lead Program to investigate the case.

   

Tagged categories: CertaPro Painters; Citations; Civil Penalty; Compliance; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); EPA; Good Technical Practice; Health & Safety; Health and safety; Lead; Lead; Lead Disclosure Rule; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Lead rule; NA; North America; Painting Contractors; Program/Project Management; Violations

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