A Blue Springs company will pay a fine after the Environmental Protection Agency found that it violated a regulation on lead paint last September.
As a part of a settlement with the EPA, Blue Springs Siding and Windows LLC has agreed to pay a fine of $13,566 to the federal government.
An inspection in September 2014 by the EPA Region 7 office in Lenexa, Kansas, revealed that Blue Springs Siding and Windows had violated the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.
According to an administrative consent agreement and final order filed Monday by EPA Region 7, Blue Springs Siding and Windows failed to maintain records of lead-safe work practices on two properties in Kansas City. The EPA also found the company had not applied to become an EPA-certified firm at the time the renovation work was being done.
The RRP rule regulates lead-based paint activities, including renovation of residences built prior to 1978, and the certification of individuals and firms who are involved in these activities.
Blue Springs Siding and Windows had subcontracted the renovations at the Kansas City properties and, under the RRP rule, is held responsible for any work performed by the subcontractors.
Blue Springs Siding and the subcontractors are then required to keep records, such as keeping Lead Safe Work Practices checklists. They are also required for work practices, including training workers, posting appropriate signs and containment of dust and debris.
According to the EPA, renovation, repair and painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed. Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing. Today at least 4 million households have children who are being exposed to high levels of lead, affecting nearly 500,000 children.