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."

Read more about the RRP rule, other infractions, and lead-safe practices.