EPA Fines Contractor for Failing to Warn of Lead

April 5, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined G.D. Friend Inc. $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California. The company installs energy efficient home improvement products, such as windows and siding under the operation Everlast Home Energy Solutions.

An EPA inspection found that, in February and March 2014, the company performed work at two pre-1978 residential properties in Anaheim and La Verne without receiving proper certification from the EPA. The EPA also found that G.D. Friend neglected to provide clients with the required federal Renovate Right brochure, and did not keep records indicating compliance with lead-safe work practices or ensure a certified renovator performed all of its lead-based paint responsibilities.

“Renovation work in older homes can create hazardous lead dust, but there are simple steps contractors can take to keep everyone safe,” says Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA will take enforcement action against companies to ensure they follow proper lead-safety procedures.”