SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 13, 2013

Contractor faces penalty over school project

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — A Salem contractor is facing a potential $28,125 civil penalty for allegedly violating federal lead-removal regulations during a school renovation project in Maine, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday.

James J. Welch and Co. allegedly failed to ensure that one of its subcontractors on the Kittery, Maine, school project followed requirements to assign a lead-removal certified renovator to the site, that it failed to cover the ground with plastic sheeting, and that it failed to contain waste.

The subcontractor was replacing windows at the former Frisbee School, which, because of its role as a facility used by children, was subject to specific regulations. The requirements are part of the EPA’s “Renovation, Repair and Painting” rule.

An anonymous tip led investigators to look into the site, which was inspected in February 2012.

An effort to obtain comment from the Salem-based contractor was not successful yesterday.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.