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July 8, 2014

Oakland man, city firm cited by MDE

Fines issued in separate cases

— BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of the Environment announced enforcement actions against an Oakland man and Cumberland company for alleged violations of state and federal environmental laws.

John S. Verkouteren, Oakland, was issued an administrative complaint, order and penalty on April 4 requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations. The complaint involved one property.

The MDE issued Southern States Cumberland Cooperative a notice of violation on March 20 requiring compliance with the state’s above ground storage tanks law and seeking $6,000 for alleged violations.

The agency’s Oil Control Program has staff to help owners ensure that their above ground storage tanks are in compliance with state and federal regulations. Tanks with capacities of 1,000 gallons of used oil or 10,000 gallons or more of virgin oil are required to have oil operations permits issued by MDE.

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.

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