U.S. EPA Requires Southern California Contractor to Warn Residents of Lead-based Paint Dangers

By April 8, 2016 No Comments

From EPA, 30 March 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined G.D. Friend, Inc. (operating as Everlast Home Energy Solutions) $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California.  This rule seeks to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair or remodeling activities in housing built before 1978.

‘Renovation work in older homes can create hazardous lead dust, but there are simple steps contractors can take to keep everyone safe,’ said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.  ‘EPA will take enforcement action against companies to ensure they follow proper lead-safety procedures.’

G.D. Friend, located in Anaheim, Calif., installs energy efficient home improvement products, such as windows and siding.  An EPA inspection found that in February and March 2014, the company performed work at two pre-1978 residential properties in Anaheim and La Verne without:

  • Receiving proper certification from EPA
  • Providing clients with the required federal Renovate Right brochure
  • Keeping records indicating compliance with lead-safe work practices
  • or ensuring a certified renovator performed all of its lead-based paint responsibilities
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