ROCKLAND, ME, May 16, 2011 — When someone leaked a video of men sanding the side of an apartment building and letting lead paint chips fly around, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepped in and started counting up the violations. Six of them.
Now Rockland contractor Colin Wentworth faces a minimum of $150,000 in fines from the federal agency.
According to the 22-page EPA complaint, Wentworth was on a vacation in October 2010 when his brother and one of his employees began sanding paint off an outside apartment wall on Park Street. Wentworth had proper lead paint training and certification, but the two men doing the work did not, the EPA wrote.
The men neglected to use a sander with a vacuum to suck up the paint chips, to put down tarps, clean up, or contain the paint chips in any way. The 1852 building shed lead paint near the apartments, which housed at least six children, according to the EPA.