EPA penalizes Bethel painting company for lead violations; firm agrees to pay more than $13,000

The EPA announced Tuesday that it had taken action against WestFair Painting Corp., requiring the Bethel-based CertaPro franchise to come into compliance with the RRP Rule, which aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. As a result of EPA’s action, the company will pay a penalty of $13,122. The rule requires workers to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices and requires renovation, repair and painting firms to be EPA-certified, according to the EPA’s website. The EPA also alleged that WestFair hired subcontractors that were not EPA-certified firms or contractors certified in lead-safe work practices under the RRP Rule, and that the violations occurred in at least five renovation jobs — including one at a property that was child-occupied.


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