Titan Environmental Services Fined for Lead ViolationsFebruary 7th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
Titan Environmental Services Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., an environmental consulting, testing and training firm has agreed to pay a $10,878 civil penalty to the United States to settle a series of violations of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, including failures to provide required hands-on training to contractors and other renovation professionals who enrolled in some of its training courses.
As part of its settlement with EPA Region 7, and in addition to paying the civil penalty, Titan Environmental Services has agreed to offer the federally required hands-on training at no cost to trainees who were enrolled in the company’s classes where EPA found violations, according to a news release from EPA’s Region 7.
According to an administrative consent agreement and final order filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., Titan Environmental Services’ violations of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act were based on findings from three EPA inspections: a May 2010 recordkeeping inspection at the company’s Kansas City business office, an October 2010 inspection at a lead-based paint training course given by the company at a hotel in Osage Beach, Mo.; and an October 2010 follow-up recordkeeping inspection at the company’s business office.
EPA’s inspections found that, despite being accredited in August 2009, the company was cited for the following:
• Failure to properly notify EPA at least seven days in advance of offering training on at least six occasions during 2010;
• Failure to properly notify EPA within 10 days after completions of training on at least 35 occasions during 2010;
• Failure to maintain and make available to EPA necessary documents showing the education, work experience, training requirements or demonstrated experience for the principal instructor of a course offered in April 2010;
• Failure to cover all required portions of hands-on training activities during training courses provided on at least four occasions in April 2010 and October 2010; and
• Failure to maintain and make available to EPA the necessary student assessment forms for training courses provided on at least two occasions in April 2010.
By agreeing to the settlement with EPA, Titan Environmental Services has certified that it is presently in compliance with the applicable federal regulations, according to the EPA press release.