[Mintwood-place] Fwd: [1869Mintwood] Kalorama Clouds Reported Unsatisfactorily
jleeman at gmu.edu
Fri Jul 16 13:26:06 EDT 2010
DDOE inspectors Gian Cossa (lead paint) and Joe Parrish (asbestos)
were just here. There was no supervisor on site, and they were unable
to reach the developer by phone. Gian Cossa issued a cease-and-desist
order, stopping all work until this is resolved with the developer
(Capital City). He promised to let us know how the situation develops.
On Jul 16, 2010, at 10:30 AM, Cynthia Pols wrote:
Lead paint may be the way to go. DC passed strict new laws governing
the handling of lead paint in the past couple of years that apply to
demolition/renovation projects such as this one. It's inevitable that
the workers are stirring up large quantities of lead paint and
exposing themselves and nearby residents to the associated hazards.
I've pasted below one of the provisions that should apply.
§ 8-231.11. Work practice standards.
(a) Any owner, individual, or business entity conducting any lead-
based paint activity, or demolition, renovation, remodeling, painting,
carpentry, plumbing, or other activity, that may generate lead-based
paint chips, dust, or other lead-based paint debris, in or on the
exterior of a dwelling unit or child-occupied facility, built prior to
March 1, 1978, shall use lead-safe work practices.
(b) In addition, any owner, individual, or business entity shall:
(1) Comply with the following work practice standards, as applicable:
(A) Work practice standards in 40 C.F.R. § 745.226 and 40 C.F.R. §
745.227, or any successor regulation of EPA;
(B) U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration standards relating to lead, including those standards
found at 29 C.F.R. § 1926.62 and 29 C.F.R. § 1910.1025, and any
(C) HUD Methods and Standards for Lead-Paint Hazard Evaluation and
Hazard Activities contained in 24 C.F.R. § 35.1330, and any successor
(D) Any other standards required by the Mayor by rule;
(2) Conform with the prohibition of unsafe practices listed at 24
C.F.R. § 35.140;
(3) Prevent paint dust, chips, debris, or residue from being dispersed
onto adjacent property or increasing the risk of public exposure to
lead-based paint; and
(4) Adhere to other requirements established by the Mayor, or
promulgated by EPA at 40 C.F.R. § 745.85.
(c) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply to the following:
(1) Individuals who perform lead-based paint activities in residences
that they own; provided, that the residence is occupied by the owner
or the owner's immediate family, and there is no person at risk
residing therein; and
(2) Performance of maintenance, repair, or renovation work involving
lead-based paint that results in disturbances of lead-based paint in a
total of 2 square feet or less of surface area per room, except for
window removal or replacement.
(d) No person shall cause paint dust, chips, debris, or residue to be
dispersed onto adjacent property or increase the risk of public
exposure to lead-based paint.
(e) Within 180 days from March 31, 2009, the Mayor shall issue rules
establishing comprehensive safe work practice standards and training
requirements in conformance with this section.
(f)(1) A clearance examination following either elimination of a lead-
based paint hazard ordered by the Mayor, or after such work performed
in response to a child with an elevated blood lead level, shall not be
conducted by a risk assessor or lead inspector who is related to the
owner or any tenant by blood or marriage, or is an employee or an
entity in which the individual or business entity has a financial
interest, or by a dust sampling technician.
(2) In all other situations where a clearance examination is required
under this chapter, the clearance examination may be performed by a
lead inspector, dust sampling technician, or risk assessor, whether or
not employed by the owner.
(g) Within 90 days of March 31, 2009, the Mayor shall establish
certification requirements for the profession of dust sampling
technician. The requirements shall include the successful completion
of the appropriate course accredited by EPA under 40 C.F.R. § 745.225.
(h) All renovation work shall conform to such additional requirements
as may be issued by the Mayor by rule.
On Jul 16, 2010, at 10:06 AM, emcconaha at aol.com wrote:
> ok, also called the lead folks to report, they will try and get
> someone out today...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: emcconaha at aol.com
> To: 1869Mintwood at yahoogroups.com; mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org
> Sent: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 9:57 am
> Subject: Re: [1869Mintwood] Kalorama Clouds Reported Unsatisfactorily
> thank you Mary. I got the environment air quality folks and they
> said if they can they will send today, but many inspectors already
> out, so maybe Monday, but they will try.
> I urge others who are concerned to also complain. DDOE is
> 202-535-2250 , Lead office is 202-535-1931
> I personally cannot believe there is not a place on the DC Gov web
> site to quickly report suspected violations. Unbelievable.
> P.S. -- the fact that DCRA dismissed the complaint b/c they had a
> permit for the dumpster is absurd. The dumpster is not the problem,
> what and how they are putting debris in it is...seriously, this
> logic implies that as long I have a permit for a container, I can
> dump toxic waste in it anywhere I want. absurd.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: maryjbelcher at comcast.net
> To: mintwood place <mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org>
> Cc: 1869 Mintwood <1869mintwood at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 8:50 am
> Subject: [1869Mintwood] Kalorama Clouds Reported Unsatisfactorily
> Hi Neighbors:
> This morning (Friday) I reported the problem dumpster & building
> clouds at 1854 Mintwood to the Department of Consumer and
> Regulatory Affairs, which informed me the people have a permit for
> the dumpster. (We already knew that.) The best DCRA can do is send
> an inspector out "on Monday or Tuesday."
> I then called the Department of the Environment--main number. They
> have their answering machine on; I didn't leave a message.
> While the air is blowing we are all breathing in this gunky crap,
> and stepping in the dust and tracking it around. We have at least
> several small children on this street, who are more vulnerable.
> I know that government officials watch this list. Pardon me for
> being pissed, but this is the sort of thing you need to address--not
> mysterious animal noises.
> Mary Belcher
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