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MO Engineer Settles RRP Case

Monday, July 29, 2013

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A Missouri engineering and contracting company will pay a $65,450 fine to settle allegations that it violated the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, according to federal authorities.

Prudent Technologies Inc., of Kansas City, MO, was accused of violating the RRP rule at two properties within the Omaha, NE, Lead Superfund Site in September 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday (July 25).

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EPA

Prudent Technologies was accused of several violations, including failing to post signs defining the work area and warning people away from the area.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday (July 26) morning.

Violations at Paint Stabilization Projects

Prudent Technologies, working under a contract with EPA’s Superfund program, was performing renovation activities designed to stabilize paint at two houses built prior to 1978.

Paint stabilization includes scraping and painting the exteriors of houses to protect EPA’s remedy at the Superfund Site, which consists of removing lead-contaminated soil from contaminated properties.

Prudent Technologies
www.prudent.com/home/

The company's portfolio includes commercial, municipal and federal government projects.

According to the consent order and final agreement, at the first house, EPA inspectors found that Prudent failed to:

  • Post signs clearly defining the work area and warning occupants and other persons not involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area;
  • Close all doors and windows within 20 feet of the renovation before commencing work;
  • Cover the ground with plastic sheeting or other disposable impermeable material extending 10 feet beyond the perimeter of surfaces undergoing renovation before the renovation; and 
  • Clean the work area upon completion of the work.

At the second house, EPA said Prudent failed to:

  • Post signs clearly defining the work area and warning occupants and other persons not involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area; and
  • Cover the ground with plastic sheeting or other disposable impermeable material extending 10 feet beyond the perimeter of surfaces undergoing renovation.

As part of its settlement, the company has certified that it is presently in compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act and its regulations, including the RRP rule.

Omaha Superfund Site

Since 1999, the EPA has been working cooperatively with contractors, local officials, agencies, institutions, community organizations, residents and property owners to sample and remediate lead-contaminated soils from Omaha’s residential yards, schools, day care facilities, parks and playgrounds.

EPA
EPA

The Omaha Lead Superfund Site consists of approximately 15,000 residential properties within 27 square miles of eastern Omaha.

Addressed under EPA’s Superfund program, the Omaha Lead Site, consisting of approximately 15,000 residential properties within 27 square miles of eastern Omaha. The site has been on the National Priorities List since 2003.

RRP Rule Requirements

The RRP rule is a part of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The rule requires that contractors who work on pre-1978 dwellings and child-occupied facilities to be trained and certified to use lead-safe work practicies. EPA finalized the RRP rule in 2008; it took effect April 22, 2010.

Under the RRP rule, general contractors can be held liable for regulated renovation work that subcontractors perform for the company, EPA explained. This includes record-keeping requirements (e.g., handing out the "Renovate Right" pamphlet, keeping Lead-Safe Work Practices checklists, etc.) and work practices requirements (e.g., training workers, putting up appropriate signs, using disposable impermeable material to contain dust and debris, etc.), according to the federal agency.

About the Company

Founded in 1998, Prudent Technologies is an engineer-constructor with full-service capabilities in environmental services, remediation and civil works construction, according to the company's website.

The business has offices in Omaha, NE, San Antonio, TX, San Francisco, St. Louis and Louisville, KY.

   

Tagged categories: Contractors; Engineers; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); General contractors; Lead paint abatement; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Renovation

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