Photo courtesy Jo Naylor 
Photo courtesy Jo Naylor 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) levied a total fine of $46,550 against Calspec Enterprises Inc. and Waypoint Homes for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint rules at several of their properties in Southern California. 

CalSpec, a general contractor located in Santa Ana, was fined $21,210 for violating the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule. Between April 2012 and May 2014, EPA said, the company renovated three properties without "ensuring that residents received the federal ‘Renovate Right’ brochure before the renovations took place; assigning a certified renovator to the renovations and ensuring that all workers were certified renovators or trained by a certified renovator; and maintaining required records documenting that warning signs were posted, work areas were contained, and a certified renovator performed post-renovation cleaning verifications"

Waypoint, one of the largest lessors of single-family homes in Oakland, was fined $25,340 for  entering into leases at five pre-1978 homes in Riverside and San Bernardino without properly disclosing information about lead-based paint or lead hazards to tenants. They also failed to confirm that the tenants received the federal "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home"


In a press release, the EPA noted that these violations and subsequent fines add to the recent number of violations in the Southern California-area, with three additional companies being fined for not adhering to lead-safe practices

EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, Jared Blumenfeld, said in a statement, "
EPA will take enforcement action against companies that fail to take the necessary steps to notify tenants or train workers to protect children, families and workers.”