2 Colorado contractors among 35 to reach settlements with the EPA over lead exposures

DENVER - Two Colorado companies are among a group of 35 who agreed to $274,000 in settlements with the EPA over lead exposures during home renovations.

Van Dyk Construction of Littleton and Devex Construction LLC of Greenwood Village are included on a list contained in an EPA announcement of the settlements struck between May 2013 and January 2014.

Van Dyk Construction's violation involved failure to contain the work area of a renovation project in Englewood by covering the ground with plastic sheeting or a similar material. That business was required to pay a reduced penalty of $600, the EPA says, because it qualified as a micro-business under the Pilot RRP Penalty Program for Micro-Businesses.

Devex Construction LLC's violation involved a similar violation of failing to cover the floor of a project in Wheat Ridge. Their penalty was $800.

Devex's penalty was ordered in July of 2013 and Van Dyk's was ordered in December.

All of the contractors involved in the settlements are required to certify compliance with the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards. Those standards are included in the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.