9 California Companies Agree to Lead-Safety Settlement with EPA

9 California Companies Agree to Lead-Safety Settlement with EPA

In October, the EPA announced settlements with nine Northern California companies that were not EPA-certified to handle lead-based paint safely before or during renovations in older homes and schools.

Each agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and cease further violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which requires companies that work in pre-1978 homes and other buildings to be properly trained and certified.

The RRP rule went into effect in 2010 with the purpose of preventing children from coming into contact with lead dust. High blood lead levels have been shown to cause learning disabilities and behavior problems in children, says Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.

According to EPA spokeswoman Suzanne Skadowski, the federal agency's enforcement staff identified the nine companies by researching and conducting inspections, and through contract bids for elementary school projects. Three of those companies on Angie's List received an exclusion notice, which means they’re excluded from category and keyword searches and a notice alerts members to their noncompliant status.

The following California companies agreed to the settlements:
A & D Construction Inc., Hayward — Angie's List exclusion notice.
AB Builders, Pleasant Hill — Angie's List exclusion notice.
CF Contracting, Fairfax
Cogent Construction & Consulting Inc., San Francisco
EF Brett & Company Inc., San Francisco
Nema Construction, Albany
Regency Construction Company Inc., Carmel Valley — Angie's List exclusion notice.
Southland Construction Management Inc., Pleasanton
Welliver Construction, Eureka

Skadowski says consumers who suspect a contractor is not properly certified can contact this site to leave a tip or complaint.

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