In a meeting @ MDE yesterday it was announced that “effective immediately” Baltimore City will not issue any “winter” or “exterior” waivers for defective paint, stain, shellac, or varnish. It has been a misnomer that Baltimore City automatically issues these from November 1 through April 1. In addition, unless a property has a written waiver from a local code official, a property cannot use this option. The MDE website has a list of county code offices to contact, however these are only there as guidance.
March 1 thru July 1 - 2018 CONNOR and CONNOR Institute are introducing a special pricing campaign. $5.50 dust wipe costs and 1/2 pricing on training class's. Other special pricing included in the February CONNOR Compliance Corner.
Read more about it HERE.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 127 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year to protect the public, especially young children, from exposure to lead in paint. Of these cases, 125 involved alleged noncompliance with at least one of the Agency’s lead-based paint requirements: the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, and Lead-based Paint Activities Rule; and the Lead Disclosure Rule pursuant to the Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act. Two additional settlements resolved alleged Clean Air Act violations wherein companies committed to perform voluntary lead-based paint abatement projects.
Asbestos Containing Material has been used in many construction materials and is still used today.
Maryland Department of the Environment is hosting their 2017 Lead Inspector and Contractor Forum at (3) separate regions. Eastern Shore, Central MD, and Western MD.
In a March 21st, 2017 internal memo, EPA's acting CFO outlines a plan to defund two key programs that fund RRP. While this would not eliminate the law, it would reduce enforcement at the federal level. The entire memo is available below.