A St. Louis-based environmental contractor that specializes in removing lead paint, asbestos, and related hazards will pay a $14,024 penalty in connection with violations of the lead-paint rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
Envirotech's violations of the Lead Renovation, Remodeling, and Painting (RRP) rule were found during an Aug. 5 inspection of renovation work on two unoccupied 12-unit apartment buildings in University City, Mo., EPA's Region 7 said in a news release.EPA said Envirotech "failed to:
- provide the Renovate Right pamphlet to the owner;
- post signs that clearly define the work area;
- close all doors and windows within the work area;
- contain waste from renovation activities and to prevent the release of dust and debris before the waste is removed from the work area for storage or disposal and/or failure to cover a chute if it is used to remove waste from the work area; and
- cover the floor surface with taped-down plastic sheeting or other impermeable material in the work area six feet beyond the perimeter of surfaces undergoing renovation or sufficient distance to contain dust."