Bill Information:  House Bill 977 would require that an activity that disturbs more than 3 square feet of painted surface in a specified building, the property owner would have to pass a test for lead-contaminated dust. It also authorizes MDE to administer a renovation, repair, and painting program consistent with federal regulations. In addition, MDE would be required to seek authorization to enforce the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on or before March 31, 2013.

Why This Is Important:  Lead dust is not only a danger to the people who live in the home — it is a danger to the immediate neighbors, and any children who are in close proximity to renovation/repair work that would disturb the underlying lead paint.

What You Should Do:  Contact your Maryland legislators and ask them to support this important bill.