EPA Contractor Agrees to Pay Settlement for Omaha Job


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A company the Environmental Protection Agency hired to remove lead paint from homes in Omaha has agreed to pay $65,450 for failing to take proper precautions.

The EPA says Prudent Technologies of Kansas City, Mo., violated several rules for dealing with lead paint at two properties in Omaha.

For instance, the agency says Prudent failed to cover the ground with plastic sheeting and post signs warning about lead paint around the job site.

Most of eastern Omaha has been considered a superfund site by the EPA because of the extent of lead contamination, which can endanger children's health, causing decreased intelligence, slow growth and behavior problems.

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