Cleaning up after your Atlanta contractor is gone

Atlanta contractor Schantz Home Improvement mitigates damage and project clean up by assessing property protection needs in advance, and implementing protective measures.

We’ve all seen it. Some have experienced it. The Atlanta contractor leaves a mess of the construction site during or after the project. When you compare contractors to hire, this is usually not even on the consumer checklist, however, it’s one of the most annoying things about construction projects. When the contractor is gone, you shouldn’t have anything to clean up, unless there is a discussion with the contractor in advance about special circumstances.

At Schantz Home Improvement, our construction teams have a checklist of procedures for before, during, and after a project is completed. This includes mitigating potential mess and damage by assessing the areas that will be impacted during the project and and providing the appropriate protective barriers, as the type of project warrants. It is a challenge to keep yards clean, especially when peeling off old materials that break into miniscule pieces which may then be spread by weather conditions.

We can’t eliminate every iota of broken up materials, but there is much that can be done to keep your property safe and mitigate the spread of any debris throughout the entire project. When the Schantz team is gone, you’ll be focused on enjoying your renovation or repair, not on cleaning up after the contractor is done.

Equally important, hazardous materials are properly disposed of, as required by law. We all share in the proper care of our planet, and protecting our environment impacts our drinking water and our health. Below is some interesting information about pollution enforcement in our area.

2010 EPA Enforcement Actions Yield Significant Pollutant Reductions in the Southeast

(Atlanta – Dec. 7, 2010) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced today that concluded enforcement actions in fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) will result in the treatment, minimization or proper disposal of more than 9.8 billion pounds of hazardous wastes. Respondents in the Region 4 states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and on tribal lands will invest more than $420 million in pollution control and cleanup and will implement more than $5 million in Supplemental Environmental Projects. The concluded enforcement actions include more than $15 million in assessed penalties.
”EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment,” said Gwen Keyes-Fleming, EPA Region 4 Administrator. “We are committed in Region 4 to ensuring that pollution problems that impact our communities and neighborhoods are addressed through vigorous civil and criminal enforcement.”

Highlights in Region 4 include the successful conclusion of the Agency’s first case under the National Enforcement Priority for Mining and Mineral Processing with a civil judicial settlement with CF Industries, Inc. of Plant City, FL. This precedent-setting consent decree will require CF to spend over $12 million to reconfigure current manufacturing or waste handling processes and install/operate a Wastewater Treatment Unit and will result in the elimination or treatment of over 9 billion pounds of hazardous waste.

Region 4 is committed to ensuring that enforcement actions achieve measurable results for the environment and the public health in communities that are disproportionately impacted by non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. To that end, in FY 2010, Region 4 concluded enforcement actions in potential environmental justice areas that will require Respondents to spend more than $237 million to come into compliance with environmental regulations. Seventeen of the enforcement actions concluded in potential environmental justice areas in Region 4 include Supplemental Environmental Projects benefiting communities and populations impacted by non-compliance with environmental laws. Approximately $12 million in federal penalties will be assessed for companies located in these communities.

In FY 2010, the Region 4 Criminal Enforcement Program referred 35 cases for federal prosecution and 1 case to a state court system. Prosecutors in Region 4 charged 13 corporations and 36 individuals with environmental crimes, most of which were felonies. A total of 49 defendants were convicted of environmental crimes. Criminal defendants were assessed over $7.6 million in fines and over $2 million in restitution. In 2010, 26 new investigations were initiated.

As in past years, these results can be viewed using an interactive Web-based tool that highlights many of the enforcement, compliance, and community-based activities that EPA carried out in FY 2010. The website also includes a map that provides the public with detailed information about the enforcement actions taken at more than 4,500 facilities throughout the United States.


We dug through the EPA site to see more about the direct impact for Georgia.  Here’s what we found:

Region 4 – Georgia

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
Direct Environmental Benefits
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $11,194,701
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $5,361
Civil Penalties Assessed $3,304,338
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 3
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 57
Administrative Compliance Orders 13


John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the Carolinas Inc., Atlanta, GA: On November 9, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the Carolinas Inc., based in Atlanta, GA, have agreed to pay a $350,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.!OpenDocument


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