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Home renovator fined for lead removal

VACAVILLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined a Vacaville-based contractor $51,000 for not complying with federal lead-paint rules when renovating four foreclosed homes.

The agency on Wednesday said Blue Mountain Air violated the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule by not obtaining an EPA certification for the company beforehand, using certified renovators — both subcontractor and their workers — and complying with other safety practices for handling such paint.

“Lead-based paint is the main source of lead poisoning for children, which can cause learning disabilities and behavior problems,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Pacific Southwest administrator. “EPA will take enforcement action against companies that operate without the training and certification needed to protect children, families and workers.”  Read More