Spanish Fort school lead cleanup hits snag

Lead cleanup efforts at Spanish Fort Elementary have been halted for nearly a week in a dispute over whether the companies involved in the work need $300 contractor’s licenses, a state investigator said.

Andy Earl, who investigates cases for the Alabama General Licensing Board for General Contractors, confirmed Monday that a “verbal cease-and-desist order” was issued, but he declined to answer specific questions because the case remains open.

The inquiry focuses on PPM Consultants, an environmental consulting firm hired by the Baldwin County school system last month to coordinate the lead cleanup, and Mobile-based US Inc., which was essentially a sub-contractor that assisted with the cleanup.

Spanish Fort school lead cleanup hits snag