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December 13, 2012

Contract fined for violating lead paint rules

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DiMinico said he painted the apartment building, owned by Property Portfolio Group of Wilton, in March. But, he said, portions of the building had been sandblasted by another company at least 20 years ago. He did not know who performed the work.

DiMinico said he painted the building and didn’t remove any lead paint. The EPA disagreed.

“I thought I had done everything up to par and they just wouldn’t listen,” he said. “I was one of the first to take that class.”

Contractors had until April 22, 2010, to receive training but the deadline was extended because thousands across the country wouldn’t be able to comply in time.

More than a year after the initial deadline, no New England contractors had been found in violation, according to David Deegan, a spokesman for the EPA’s Boston office.

Although the EPA says not many have been cited since then, Exterior Images was one of only 16 across the country — and two from New Hampshire — identified by the agency this week. Kindred Painting of Dover was also named.

Kendall Buck, executive vice president of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, praised the EPA for taking action against the contractors.

He said Exterior Images and Kindred Painting are the only two in the state he knows of to be cited. Neither company is a member of his association, which is trying make sure all contractors across New Hampshire are trained, Buck said.

“We have been working very hard to train the industry,” he said. “It’s a safety issue for children and pregnant women.”

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