We have received several reports from contractors about EPA RRP enforcement over the last two weeks. The reports are from contractors who have signed up for our RRP courses. Contractors who work without their certification are taking a huge risk with their business. The fines can be as large as $37,500 per violation.
We are waiting for official word from the EPA to substantiate these reports and as soon as we have it we will report the details. Here is the list of reports we have received.
JOBS SHUT DOWN BY EPA OFFICIALS
1. Contractor installing windows in Athol Mass shut down and fined $8.000.00. Report from contractor who was told by a paint supplier.
2. Painting contractor in New Hampshire painting a large building on the common in Essex shut down for not using lead safe practices and not certified. This report also came from a paint store where contractors were talking about it.
3. A contractor who signed up yesterday reported he was at Home Depot and there were several contractors discussing jobs that were shut down in Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington, Mass.
4. In Leominster Mass a painting job that has been on going for several months down town was hit by the EPA and the contractor was told to stop work.
5. In one of our seminars in Haverhill a contractor reported a window project shut down Amesbury.
Inspectors asking for RRP Certification
We have also had reports that in Amesbury the inspector is requiring the RRP Certification on pre-1978 projects. Other towns where we have been told by contractors applying for permits are Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, Frankln and Needham.
I personally spoke to the EPA Boston office and they said that they are definitely combing the neighborhoods for non-certified contractors. They would not give me details over the phone but said they would publish fine results as soon as cases are finalized.
If you have information about EPA RRP enforcement, projects stopped or fines please let us know and we will spread the word.
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