Two housing providers for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery and a Navy base in Connecticut have settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over complaints that they didn't tell military families of possible lead-paint hazards. The companies agreed to pay $89,300, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Northeast Housing LLC and Balfour Beatty Military Housing Management allegedly violated disclosure laws by not releasing to 13 military renters available reports on the presence of lead paint in the units in Kittery and at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The companies faced a proposed fine of $153,070.
Ten renters at Portsmouth were not provided appropriate documents, but base spokesman Christopher Zendan said he's not aware of any military families reporting lead poisoning-related conditions. Northeast, a joint venture between the Navy and Balfour Beatty Communities LLC, owns the housing. The company attributed the oversight to an administrative error. Balfour Beatty manages the more than 2,100 units at the two bases.