December 5, 2013 | Maryland Department of Environment

MDE Seeks Penalties, Corrective Actions for Alleged Violations of Land, Air and Water Regulations

The Maryland Department of the Environment today announced major enforcement actions in recent months for alleged violations of State and federal environmental laws to protect public health and our land, air, water and wetlands resources.

“The Maryland Department of the Environment’s top priority is to protect public health and our environment. A consistent baseline of enforcement action prevents further pollution and risks to public health,” said MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers. “The majority of Maryland businesses comply with environmental laws. A strong and fair enforcement program protects our investment in the environment as well as the health and quality of life of all Maryland residents.”

Land Pollution Enforcement Actions

Lead Cases

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” 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. Alleged violations typically involve a failure to register properties or meet lead risk reduction standards. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

Damian D. Tucker and Pia Tucker – Baltimore City: 4 affected properties – On September 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $43,300 for alleged violations.

D&J Properties, LLC – Westminster, Carroll County: 1 affected property – On September 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

DACA Properties, LLC – Baltimore City: 1 affected property – On September 27, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $32,500 for alleged violations.

Daniel Lopez, Jr. (Trustee) – Baltimore, Baltimore County & Baltimore City: 7 affected properties – On September 27, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Linda Harrell and Roger William Harrell, Sr. – Baltimore, Baltimore County: 1 affected property – On October 9, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $33,000 for alleged violations.

R&K Real Estate, LLC – Baltimore City: 5 affected properties – On October 9, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

Walter Buck and Gabrielle Buck – Port Deposit, Cecil County: 2 affected properties – On October 10, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000.

Fareed Nassor Hayat – Baltimore City: 9 affected properties – On September 24, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $10,000.

Josef Grewe – Hagerstown, Washington County: 14 affected properties – On October 9, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $17,000 which has been paid in full.

James Pikounis and Kalliope Pikounis – Baltimore, Baltimore County & Baltimore City: 8 affected properties – On October 8, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $9,000.

Joyce Eltringham – Dundalk, Baltimore County: 2 affected properties – On October 17, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000 for alleged violations.

Damion Fennoy – Baltimore City: 2 affected properties – On October 22, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Kenneth Delano and Ryan Delano – Baltimore City: 4 affected properties – On October 24, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Lara Okoro a.k.a. Lara Wilkinson – Baltimore City: 2 affected properties – On October 24, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Michael Murray – Hagerstown, Washington County: 2 affected properties – On October 31, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

George Milich and Mary Milich – Baltimore City: 3 affected properties – On November 4, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $38,500 for alleged violations.

Todd M. King – Hagerstown, Washington County: 1 affected property – On November 4, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $38,500 for alleged violations.

Cynthia Lambirth and Calvin Lambirth – Baltimore City: 1 affected property – On November 7, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $5,000 for alleged violations.

William E. Gibson – Havre de Grace, Harford County: 1 affected property – On November 7, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $38,500 for alleged violations.

Breel Investing, Inc. – Myersville, Frederick County and Hagerstown, Washington County: 2 affected properties – On November 12, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $12,500 for alleged violations.

Michael M. Ricker- Hagerstown, Washington County: 3 affected properties – On November 15, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Robert C. Shaffer and Christopher B. Kelley – Baltimore, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City: 15 affected properties – On October 17, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $9,000.

Land’s End, LLC – Chestertown, Kent County: 2 affected properties – On October 25, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000. The penalty has been paid in full.

Robert J. Osborne and Richard W. Osborne – Baltimore City: 1 affected property – On October 25, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000. The penalty has been paid in full.

Bruce Bereano – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County: 2 affected properties – On October 30, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $10,000. The penalty has been paid in full.

Seth Sherman; Green Property, LLC; Charter Property, LLC; Pendant Property, LLC; Diligent Property, LLC; and Sherman Property Development, LLC – Baltimore City: 28 affected properties – On November 4, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $5,000.

Park Plaza Properties, LLC – Hagerstown, Washington County: 1 affected property – On November 8, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $8,000. The penalty has been paid in full.

Robert St. Cyr – Baltimore City: 3 affected properties – On November 8, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000. The penalty has been paid in full.

Read the full list here. 

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