Four construction firms with connections to the North Bay are among 11 from the San Francisco Bay Area reaching settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over certifications for handling lead paint.
These were “enforcement actions” the agency said it has taken in the past year for not obtaining federal certification to do renovation work which could include lead-based paint. The agency said the firms were seeking construction work with the San Francisco Unified School District but weren’t awarded contracts.
Settlements were reached between March and October 2016 but announced Jan. 19. These firms with North Bay ties reached deals to obtain certifications and pay fines:
Arntz Builders Inc. of Novato: $5,000
Jeff Luchetti Construction Inc. of Santa Rosa: $3,000
Pinguelo Construction Inc. of Fairfield: $2,000
Vila Construction Co. is based in Richmond but has a satellite office in Petaluma: $1,000
Others reaching settlements were Zolman Construction and Development, $9,000; Transworld Construction, $8,000; Rodan Builders, $7,000; Roebbelen Contracting, $3,000; Rainbow Waterproofing and Restoration Co., $2,000; S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., $1,000; and Seven Island Painting, $1,000.
“The fines were based on the number of different projects each firm bid on at [the school district] for which EPA had evidence,” said agency spokeswoman Michelle Huitric.
Also this month, the EPA reached a $38,990 settlement with Best Value Home Improvements, an Oakland-based general contractor. An agency inspection found that Best Value in working at four residential properties in Alameda, Millbrae, Oakland and Piedmont between 2013 and 2014 failed to get certified for residential projects, fully document safe-handling practices and provide clients with required federal “Renovate Right” brochures about safety around lead during renovations.
The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22, 2010. It was created to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that occur during repair or remodeling activities in homes and child-occupied facilities, such as schools, that were built before 1978, according to the EPA.
According to the EPA, the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requires that individuals performing renovations are properly trained and certified, provide lead hazard information, and follow specific lead-safe work practices during renovations.
Contractors that are certified under the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule are encouraged to display EPA’s “Lead-Safe” logo on worker’s uniforms, signs, and websites.