MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 36 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment:

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:

  • John J. Kalendek – 8 affected properties – On July 16, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Williamsville Properties Holding, LLC – 2 affected properties – On July 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Huber Properties, LLC – 10 affected properties – On July 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Qui Van Tran – 7 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • William Wallace and Yolanda Wallace – 1 affected property – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • James Pikounis and Kalliope Pikounis – 8 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.
  • Alarcon Properties, LLC – 1 affected property – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Derry L. Williams – 15 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.
  • Julio Gonzales, Sr. – 2 affected properties – On July 31, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • C D & M Real Estate Investments, LLC – 12 affected properties – On August 5, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.
  • Jimmy Akanbi Bello – 9 affected properties – On August 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.
  • Ifedayo Ojifinni – 4 affected properties – On August 9, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Hyacinth Ezeka and Rose Ezeka – 13 affected properties – On July 19, 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 $6,000.
  • Taje Monbo – 5 affected properties – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Harbor House Builders, LLC – 23 affected properties – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000 for alleged violations.
  • Kenneth M. King and Sheila A. King – 1 affected property – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Stanley Rosenfeld – 2 affected properties – On August 22, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Marc Wayner – 1 affected property – On August 22, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Peggy Evans – 1 affected property – On August 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • XL, Inc. – 5 affective properties – On August 28, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.
  • American Equity Holdings Operations, LLC – 12 affected properties – On August 28, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.
  • Eugenie Bailey – 9 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.
  • John D. Taylor – 5 affective properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.
  • Grantley P. Fletcher – 1 affected property – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Maxine Carthens and Marlon Richardson – 8 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combine $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Cheng Kui You – 8 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $11,000 for alleged violations.
  • Catherine Brady and John Brady – 5 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s law and seeking a combined $22,500 for alleged violations.
  • William V. Gwynn, Jr. – 3 affective properties – On September 13, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $21,500 for alleged violations.
  • Joana Rosario – 6 affected properties – On September 13, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $55,000 for alleged violations.
  • Antonio Koregay – 3 affected properties – On September 6, 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.
  • HP Bennett, LLC, 924 South Decker Avenue, LLC, MAH Painting Inc., 847-855 Reinhardt, LLC, 4205 Granada Avenue, LLC and Blackpool Enterprises, LLC – 19 affective properties – On September 6, 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 $6,000.

You can read the full press release here, including lead and other environmental violations in the rest of Maryland.  Many thanks, as always, to the MDE for keeping Maryland’s children safe from negligent property owners.