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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.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
With efforts to reduce lead poisoning among children at a crossroads, Maryland lawmakers are wrestling with proposals to expand state regulation of home sales, rentals and repairs to reduce youngsters' exposure to the toxic metal. But the biggest question facing legislators might be how — or whether — to help landlords facing a flurry of lead-paint poisoning lawsuits from former tenants. The number of young children reported poisoned by lead in Maryland has dropped 98 percent since the mid-1990s.
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Facing a flurry of lead paint lawsuits, a nonprofit company that provides affordable housing in Baltimore has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. City Homes Inc. and its subsidiaries, which operate more than 300 apartment units in what officials deem "troubled neighborhoods," face more than 70 lead paint lawsuits, according to the filing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. In Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, businesses attempt to reorganize their debts in an effort to continue operating.
Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2011
In a class action lawsuit filed Thursday, Kennedy Krieger Institute is accused of exposing poor black children to "dangerous levels" of lead as part of a housing experiment in the 1990s. The suit, filed Thursday in Baltimore City Circuit Court by attorney Billy Murphy, accuses the instituteof negligence, fraud, battery and violating the state's consumer protection act. It seeks damages, interest and unspecified attorney fees. The hospital "used these children as known guinea pigs in these contaminated houses to complete this study," the suit states.
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
Starting today, anyone renovating an older home across the country will have to hire a contractor certified to handle lead-based paint under a new federal rule that aims to reduce the number of children poisoned by the toxic metal. The rule affects all homes built before 1978, when lead was banned in paint. The number of children harmed by lead has dropped significantly since then, mainly because it has been banned in consumer products. But the Environmental Protection Agency, which imposed the rule, said a million children a year still suffer effects.
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.
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.
By Amanda Yeager, | January 3, 2014
Interested residents can now apply for the Maryland Housing Rehabilitation Program for Single Family, Howard County Housing announced last month. MRHP-SF is a housing rehabilitation program that preserves and improes single-family properties with an emphasis on bringing eligible properties into compliance with applicable buildign codes and standards, according to the county. Homeowners can secure low-interest loans for home maintenance, including "correcting exterior or interior deficiencies; making accessibility modifications; correcting health and safety violations; improving the home's weatherization and energy conservation and correcting lead-based paint violations," according to the county.
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.
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.
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