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Firm Fined for Lead Lapses

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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A California specialty contractor faces fines of nearly $60,000 for allegedly violating the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while working at seven residential projects.

The Environmental Protection Agency fined Clearview Home Improvements Inc., operating as Clearview Home Energy Solutions, in early August. The Anaheim-based contractor boasts over 50 years of collective experience in window and siding installation, exterior coatings and insulation, according the company’s website.

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The Anaheim-based contractor boasts over 50 years of collective experience in window and siding installation. The case stems from inspections conducted in 2013.

The EPA alleges that in 2013 the company performed work at pre-1978 homes in Los Angeles, San Pedro, Huntington Beach, Carson, Mission Viejo and Riverside without:

  • Confirming that a certified renovator, who ensured compliance with the RRP Rule, was assigned to the job;
  • Keeping records to show that the renovator complied with lead-safe work practices;
  • Maintaining proper certification as a RRP firm; and
  • Providing clients with the required federal Renovate Right brochure, which provides basic facts about lead and information about lead safety during renovation work

Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, but EPA estimates that it is still present in more than 37 million older homes in the United States. 

The company did not immediately respond Tuesday (Aug. 23) to a request for comment on the case.

   

Tagged categories: Citations; Enforcement; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Lead; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Renovation

Comment from Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip, (8/24/2016, 8:55 AM)

The window replacement industry is huge. Window replacement companies do massive amounts of removal and trashing of old, lead-based paint windows with little concern for the danger to homeowners of disturbing this lead paint. The replacement industry spends millions of marketing dollars convincing the public that old windows can never be as energy efficient as new ones. Scientific studies prove that proper paint and glazing stripping, repair, restoration and weatherization of old windows upgrades existing, hardwood and steel windows to equal or greater energy efficiency. The restored windows will last 50-100 years compared to the replacement windows only warrantied for 20 years. Who wants to spend the money and time replacing replacement windows again every 20 years?


Comment from Ryan Nugent, (8/24/2016, 11:48 AM)

Does the previous commenter have a financial interest in window stripping? The reality is that replacing old single pane windows to current technology is a significant benefit to the homeowner. As an engineer, it is a matter of physics. As for the enforcement action taken by EPA, this is another example of wasted resources. The majority of the reasons cited for enforcement are issues with records. There is no mention of unsafe work that was conducted. There are many contractors operating without concern for leaving lead paint around a worksite, and EPA is focusing enforcement resources on the pamphlet? Very sad.


Comment from Andrew Piedl, (8/24/2016, 1:08 PM)

It is possible to completely rehab an old window and get pretty good performance - it requires adding window seals, and either replacing the single pane glass with dual glazed IGU's or storm windows - either of which may require verification that the window frame (and balance system) can handle the additional weight.It's typically a more expensive (short term wise) venture.


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