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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Evening Sun Staff | July 17, 1991
Americans would help finance the towering costs of finding and removing hazardous lead paint from older homes in Baltimore and elsewhere around the country by paying about $15 more for their car batteries, under legislation being introduced in Congress today.Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., said the bill he drafted would raise $1 billion a year for lead-paint abatement by levying an excise tax on continuing uses of lead."This legislation provides the only real cure for lead poisoning -- prevention," Cardin said in a statement.
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NEWS
By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2004
An environmental testing company has found that the lead paint at several Annapolis public housing units "does not pose a health hazard to residents and occupants," despite higher-than-normal amounts of the toxic substance detected in the buildings last fall. "The lead-based paint is buried under layers of newer, non-lead paint" and "the surfaces of the lead-based paint are intact and are not peeling loose," Jennifer W. Matherly, a project engineer for Environmental Testing Inc. in Middletown, Del., wrote in a recent letter.
NEWS
By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2004
An environmental testing company has found that the lead paint at several Annapolis public housing units "does not pose a health hazard to residents and occupants," despite higher-than-normal amounts of the toxic substance detected in the buildings last fall. "The lead-based paint is buried under layers of newer, non-lead paint" and "the surfaces of the lead-based paint are intact and are not peeling loose," Jennifer W. Matherly, a project engineer for Environmental Testing Inc. in Middletown, Del., wrote in a recent letter.
HEALTH
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
Lead poisoning, once widespread, appears on the way to becoming a rarity among children living in old rental housing in Baltimore and the rest of Maryland. But the problem is growing among youngsters who live in owner-occupied and newer rental homes, and that is prompting state officials to look for new ways to fight the longtime health scourge. State environmental officials reported Tuesday that the number of Maryland children found last year with harmful levels of lead in their blood declined to 531, down by 22 from the year before and less than 0.5 percent of all youngsters tested.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Annapolis lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano has been fined $13,000 by the Maryland Department of the Environment for allegedly violating state lead-paint regulations on two properties he owns in the capital. But Bereano disputes the state's charges, saying the homes he rents out are lead-free. According to a state complaint, an MDE inspector saw chipping, peeling or flaking paint on the exterior of one of the two properties on Pinkney Street in June. The department had been asked to check out the properties by the city of Annapolis, which also regulates rental housing.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Using funds meant to help poor families find affordable places to live, Baltimore's public housing agency has paid nearly $6.8 million in long-standing court judgments for lead poisoning suffered by six former residents when they were young children. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City refused for years to pay nearly $12 million in lead-paint injury judgments, saying it lacked the money. But then the agency began to satisfy some of the judgments, previously paying $5 million.
NEWS
July 28, 1997
A Taneytown husband and wife will be able to continue to live in a mobile home on their Trevanion Road property while lead paint is removed from their house.The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals agreed to allow David E. Williams Jr. and his wife, Jane, to continue to live in their mobile home until Jan. 1. A county law allows people to live in trailers on their property for one year while a home is being rebuilt or repaired; the couple was given a six-month extension.The Williamses and their two young sons had to move out of the house after they learned that lead paint dust was poisoning the ** children.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Americans' exposure to lead has declined greatly in the past 15 years, but the toxic metal remains a major health threat for nearly 2 million young children, particularly inner-city black youngsters in cities like Baltimore, federal health officials reported today.A nationwide federal health survey summarized in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that levels of lead in the blood of children and adults dropped by 78 percent from 1976 to 1991.Hailing it as a "remarkable public health achievement," officials for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed declining lead exposures to the government's removal of the metal from gasoline, water and consumer products, including food cans and house paint.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and William F. Zorzi Jr. and Timothy B. Wheeler and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2000
Two Baltimore lawmakers are backing legislation that would make it easier for victims of lead poisoning to sue manufacturers of lead-based paint for damages. The bill -- which would hold paint manufacturers responsible for harming thousands of Maryland children based on how much lead-based paint they sold in the state -- would help Baltimore attorney Peter G. Angelos pursue two lawsuits he has filed against the pigment industry. Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg said yesterday that he is drafting a bill that would allow "market-share liability" claims against lead-paint manufacturers in Maryland courts.
BUSINESS
By MICHAEL GISRIEL | January 12, 1997
Dear Mr. Gisriel:I own several rental real estate properties in the Baltimore metropolitan area. My question is: What is the current status of the federal and state "Lead Paint Registration" laws? Also, where can I get more information?Alan WalshBaltimoreDear Mr. Walsh:Your question is a timely one. On the federal level, after Dec. 6, 1996, all owners of rental properties -- both owners of more than four properties and owners of less than four properties -- are covered by the federal lead paint regulations.
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