Lead-paint chips released accidentally


An Ohio-based contractor hired to strip and repaint the Crofton Meadows elevated storage tank accidentally released lead-paint chips into neighboring yards when the bottom of a large tent designed to contain the chips opened, county officials said.

The company, Liberty Maintenance Inc., began vacuuming up the material, which included steel particles used to blast off old paint, yesterday afternoon and will continue to do so today.

Liberty was hired to take lead paint off the water tank and repaint it. Work crews had encapsulated the area in a large tent to collect the chips and grit that blew off the tank. But the bottom of the tent opened about 3 p.m. Monday and particles flew into the air .

The Maryland Department of the Environment, which is responsible for air quality monitoring and lead poison control, inspected the water tower and homes on nearby Fort Kent Lane and approved the county's cleanup plan, said county spokesman John Morris. State officials will inspect the area again today.

The county's on-site construction manager, Data Net Engineering, will test for the presence of excess lead in three homes and at outside play areas of nearby Crofton Woods Elementary School today.

The results are expected tomorrow, Morris said.

Pub Date: 5/12/99

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