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Contractor Alert; College Works Painting Fined $32,508 by the EPA

Posted by Mark Paskell on Thu, Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

Another contractor has been fined by the EPA for violating lead laws. The company is a painting contractor caught working in violation of the law in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Here are the details;

link to EPA Region 10 press release

On 4/6/2011 8:26 PM, wrote:

College Works Painting pays $32,508 EPA penalty for failing to inform homeowners or residents of possible lead hazards

Contact Info: Barbara Ross, EPA Region 10 - Lead Coordinator, (206) 553-1985, Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203,

(Seattle – April 6, 2011) College Works Painting, a company operating in Oregon, has agreed to pay $32,508 penalty for alleged violations of the federal pre-renovation rule. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged that the Irvine, California based company violated the federal pre-renovation rule while renovating nine properties in Portland, McMinnville, and Hillsboro, Oregon.

It looks like the EPA is out to start hitting non-compliant companies. Many contractors are still sitting on the fence thinking it will not happen to them. I just spoke to a contractor this morning and he has not Certified his firm. I asked him why and he said I heard it was going to be repealed last year so I put it on the back burner. 

This is the fourth enforcement action that has been reported. Our contacts at the agencies are telling us you will see a lot more enforcement announcements in the coming months.

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