The EPA is stepping up their oversight of contractors who work on properties built prior to 1978 and are suspected of containing lead paint. I found this story from Bangor, Maine where a contractor is being fined by the EPA $150,000 for the 6 instances where the contractor violated the new regulations according to the new EPA lead paint regulations. What’s interesting about this is the contractor’s workers were recorded on video which then ended up in the hands of the EPA. (By the way, I believe the person(s) who tipped off the EPA do get part of the cut of the $150k if the EPA is able to collect it from the contractor).
The fines are certainly bad enough, but the complaint by the EPA goes on to talk about how the actions by the contractor and his workers may have endangered the children who live in the building and nearby where the work was being done.
My question is not with regard to this particular case, but given what was reported from the EPA claim, is it possible that the actions of some contractors be seen as criminal? I’m not an attorney so I don’t know how this would come about, but if you read the language of the EPA complaint in the above referenced story, it doesn’t seem that big of a stretch to think at some point in the future, state governments might make it a crime. IF that ever happens, I don’t know how you would ever get another contractor to work on your pre-1978 home ever again.
I’d love to hear what you think. Comments are welcome.