CONCORD -- Schryer Thompson Construction Inc. has agreed to pay $2,500 in civil penalties to settle federal allegations it violated lead dust rules aimed at protecting people's health -- especially that of young children.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the Concord-based company was one of 35 home renovation contractors nationwide that agreed to pay a total of $274,000 in civil penalties in settlements reached between May 2013 and January 2014 with the EPA.

Schryer Thompson committed nine violations on six projects in 2010 and 2011 that involved pre-1978 housing, federal officials said.

Among the violations were failing to obtain a pre-job certification that a house was not determined to be lead free, the EPA said. Others

"Families deserve the peace of mind that home renovations occur without harming children," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's office of enforcement and compliance.

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