From the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE):

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 Baltimore City properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • Donald J. Steibe: 1 affected property – $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Robinson Caro & Marcella Black-Caro: 3 affected properties – $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Robert Cedric Johnson Jr.: 1 affected property – $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • FPD Acquisitions Corp. : 16 affected properties – $17,500 for alleged violations. (Corporation is not in good standing).
  • Tyrone A. Vaughn: 5 affected properties – $14,000 for alleged violations.
  • Dumbarton Investment: 6 affected properties – $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Baltimore Property Group, et al: 9 affected properties – $65,000.

In addition, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program accredits and enforces performance standards for inspectors and contractors working in lead hazard reduction. The following action is for a contractor and inspector alleged to be out of compliance with state regulations:

  • Pride Investment & Development: On July 15, 2010, MDE issued a Notice of Violations with Penalty seeking $7,500 for alleged violations. (Corporation is not in good standing).

You can read the entire press release here.

We again applaud Secretary Shari T. Wilson and her dedicated staff for their determination and hard work to keep Baltimore City’s children safe from careless property owners.