College Works Painting, based in Irvine, Calif., has agreed to pay a $32,508 civil penalty for alleged violations of the federal pre-renovation rule addressing possible lead-paint hazards, EPA’s Region 10 Office in Seattle announced.
The EPA alleged that the company violated the federal Pre-Renovation Education Rule while renovating nine properties in Portland, McMinnville, and Hillsboro, Ore., in 2008.
College Works failed to maintain records necessary to demonstrate compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act regulations, EPA said. The agency said the company has corrected its violations and is now in compliance with EPA’s Pre-Renovation Education Rule.
The company is a national painting company with 22 divisions operating in 19 states. It hires more than 2,000 college students every year for internship programs.
The company’s website says that each year the independent divisions of College Works Painting collectively paint more than 12,000 homes and all the projects are managed by university students.
Painters, contractors, carpenters, property-management companies and others who are involved in renovating or remodeling pre-1978 housing must provide homeowners and occupants with the EPA Renovate Right lead hazard information pamphlet before renovating or remodeling, according to the rule.
“Families have a right to know about possible lead health hazards around the home,” said Rick Albright, director of EPA’s Office of Air, Waste and Toxics in Seattle. “By reading the Renovate Right pamphlet families can learn how to avoid hazardous lead dust during renovations.”
More information: Lead hazards.