Companies Fined for Failing to Notify Tenants About Lead Paint at Two New England Navy BasesMay 3rd, 2012 by DWM Magazine
Two companies have agreed to pay a penalty of $89,300 to settle EPA claims that they violated federal lead paint disclosure laws at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, and the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
According to the announcement, the EPA’s enforcement complaint alleged that Northeast Housing LLC and Balfour Beatty Military Housing Management LLC failed on multiple occasions to notify prospective tenants, including families with young children, about potential lead paint hazards in housing managed by the companies on the two Navy bases in New England. Specifically, the companies failed to comply with the Lead Based Paint Disclosure Rule when they entered into contracts to lease housing with military personnel during the years 2007-2010 by failing to provide available records and reports regarding lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards to 13 lessees (10 lessees at Portsmouth and three lessees at the Conn. base), according to the announcement. Nine of the lessees were families with children, including seven families with children under the age of six.
According to the release, the housing at both bases is owned by Northeast, a joint venture limited liability company between the Department of the Navy and a wholly owned subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Communities LLC, of which the BBC affiliate is the managing member. There are approximately 25 pre-1978 housing units located at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where housing was built in the 1800s and early 1900s. There are approximately 735 pre-1978 housing units at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton which were built in the early 1960s. Northeast Housing and Balfour Beatty Military Housing Management cooperated with EPA in promptly correcting the violations and in reaching a quick settlement.