Lead Poisoning Levels Down in Maryland, Enforcement Up
The 2014 Annual Surveillance Report of childhood blood lead found continued low levels of Maryland children poisoned by lead. Of 109,031 children tested in 2014, only 355 were identified with blood lead levels of over 10 micrograms per deciliter – a decrease of sixteen cases from the prior year. Sixty-four percent of the children with elevated blood lead levels lived in rental housing. See the report.
While the lead poisoning statistics are encouraging, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) continues to look for rental properties that have not registered their rental units with the Department. Using records of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, MDE recently sent out 87,000 letters to property owners that may be subject to registration. The Department can assess penalties of $20 per unit per day for properties not in compliance.