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As part of their continuing effort to provide service to the Ava and Douglas County community, the Ava Lions will be offering a one-day EPA class on Friday, Sept. 30.
This one-day class meets the requirements of the EPA for an individual or firm to be certified on the handling of lead paint or work on structures built prior to 1978.
Several firms that were not certified by the EPA have been caught and were fined in excess of $30,000. One St. Louis firm was fined $19,529 and agreed to perform an additional $20,048 in community service projects.
The EPA certification is a five-year certification so individuals who attended last year do not have to be recertified until 2015. Last year more than 60 individuals attended this class.
The program will be taught by Glynite Construction out of Kansas City. The course is eight hours of instruction followed by an examination. Individuals must pass the exam in order to receive certification.
Individuals who should attend this class and become certified include any contractor, landlord or owner who owns, rents or works on dwellings built prior to 1978. Also, any renovation contractor, general contractor, carpenter, painters, plumbers, electricians, maintenance workers, window repair or replacement workers and other artisans.
The requirements also include childcare facilities and schools or any facility that houses children at least two hours per day. The exception to the rule is that an individual can live in their house which is used as their personal residence and do their own work and not be certified. However, if they are a landlord or if they hire work done on their own residence or on the rental property, then either the owner or the contractor doing the work must be certified.
Cost for the class is $240. The tuition includes coffee, break refreshments and lunch.
Anyone interested in attending this class should contact Larry Morrison, 683-0188 or pick up a registration form at Ava Building or Cooper Lumber.