Baltimore Landlord Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Toxic Substances Act


Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

The environmental and building consulting experts at Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC) provide testing services for lead.

Lewes, DE, August 1st, 2011 -- Last month, The Baltimore Sun reported that an area landlord with a history of lead paint abatement law violations has agreed to plead guilty to several violations.  The violations stem from the Toxic Substances Control Act and are connected with the landlord’s failure to notify tenants of possible lead hazards. 


The man owns and manages 175 apartments across Baltimore.  According to the article he and his company have been issued with more than 20 notices of violation and compliance orders.  The Maryland Department of Environment has reported that at least one child has been found with elevated lead blood levels at the properties under investigation.


The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures.  The TSCA addresses the production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon and lead-based paint.


According to the EPA, “Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in paint and other products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from industrial sources and leaded aviation gasoline, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.”


Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, one of the premier lead testing and consulting firms in the Mid-Atlantic region, provides lead testing services to ensure people are not exposed to this toxic metal.  “Simple testing procedures can prevent needless exposures and prevent the legal ramifications and lawsuits that can occur from failure to test suspect materials,” reported Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of SEHC.    


SEHC recently cosponsored a public outreach video on lead that can be seen at:


To learn more about lead or how SEHC can provide services to protect people from lead and IAQ dangers, please visit, email or call (302) 947-1810.


About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC

SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services.  The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide.  SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.

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