EPA Speaks Out: YouTube violator

May 23, 2011 -- Wentworth {the contractor fined in ME} now has the opportunity to request an admininstrative hearing - essentially a trial through the EPA that would be heard either in Boston or Washington, D.C. - or the next step could be a negotiated settlement, according to David Deegan, a Boston-based investigator with the EPA.

According to Deegan, the EPA and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) received an anonymous email on October 12, 2010, with a link to a video that showed two workers removing paint from an old building at 87 Park Street in Rockland. There were no lead-paint safety provisions in place. The Maine DEP sent an inspector to the Rockland site, a lead paint assessment was done and the job was shut down. It later resumed, with lead-safe practices in use.

The EPA began a thorough investigation, according to Deegan, who said that the EPA gets a lot of tips, but that a tip is just a starting point that may or may not turn up a violation. "We don't want the tip process to be used by competitors to try to put someone out of business," said Deegan. The next step in the investigation was to contact Wentworth directly. According to the formal complaint, Wentworth cooperated fully with the EPA.