**COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA **
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lynda Rebarchak, Department of Environmental Protection Southeast Regional Office
DEP Orders Radon Contractor to Surrender Certification, Pay $43,750 Penalty
NORRISTOWN – The Department of Environmental Protection today ordered William Wright, of Springbrook Township, Lackawanna County, to surrender his state radon mitigation certification and pay $43,750 in civil penalties for numerous violations of the Radon Certification Act and Radiation Protection Act.
“Our inspectors noted nearly 40 violations at four radon mitigation systems installed by Mr. Wright and his company, Tru Pro Remediation Services Group,” DEP Southeast Regional Director Joseph A. Feola said. “We have a responsibility to make sure that this type of work is done properly.”
DEP first received a complaint from a Montgomery County Tru Pro customer in May 2011. During a June 6 inspection of the system, staff found numerous violations, including improperly sealed radon vent pipe, perimeter drain channel, floor cracks and sump pits.
The agency received additional complaints and inspected the remaining three systems Wright and his company installed in Northampton County, finding similar violations at each residence.
DEP sent an initial notice of violation to Wright and Tru Pro on June 21, 2011, followed by a Sept. 2 violation notice and enforcement meeting request. Despite numerous attempts, Wright failed to meet with agency representatives to discuss the violations.
DEP is seeking surrender of Wright’s and Tru Pro’s radon mitigation certification, issued Dec. 27, 2010.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 484-250-5900.