The Maryland Department of the Environment issued enforcement actions against 11 property owners at the end of February, resulting in $246,000 in fines.
MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland.
The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:
- Antwone D. Walters – 3 affected properties, $17,500 for alleged violations.
- Shakiru A. Makanjuola – 2 affected properties $33,000 for alleged violations.
- Marcia S. Michael – 1 affected property $25,000 for alleged violations.
- 825 West 38th Street, LLC*: – 4 affected properties $16,500 for alleged violations.
- Rudwan Abu-Rumman & Eileen Welch Abu-Rumman – Lothian & Brooklyn, Anne Arundel County & Baltimore City: 7 affected properties, $35,000 for alleged violations.
- John Byrd & Thomasina Byrd – 7 affected properties, $33,000 for alleged violations.
- Carlton Trent Jones, II & Karen Jones – 1 affected property, $15,000 for alleged violations.
- Tina Giles – 1 affected property – , $55,000 for alleged violations.
- Francis James Mullin, Jr. – 1 affected property, $5,000 for alleged violations.
- West End Venture, LLC & Curtis E. Boteler – 8 affected properties, $5,000 for alleged violations.
- Luis G. George – 26 affected properties, $6,000 for alleged violations.
*Corporation is owned by Steven Munitz of Rockville, MD.