Following last year’s paint removal project that sent lead paint flakes raining down from the TV Hill transmission tower, a group of North Baltimore residents has filed a class action lawsuit against the television stations that own the tower and the Nebraska company they hired to do the work.
Skyline Tower Painting’s “hydro-blasting” of paint from the distinctive red tower in May and June of 2022, they say, did not follow proper procedures that would have contained the toxic residue.
The suit argues that the tower owners, Television Tower, Inc., were aware of the health-harming nature of the paint and should have taken precautions to prevent it from contaminating the properties below.
“Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that is poisonous, especially to children,” their attorney, William “Billy” Murphy, said in an emailed statement.
“That the TV Tower owners knew it contained lead paint yet hired a unaccredited contractor to power blast that paint off hundreds of feet in the air over folks’ homes is unconscionable,” Murphy said. “The defendants in this case should have known better.”
The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court, seeks to represent all property owners within a 4,000-foot radius of the broadcasting tower, located at 3723 Malden Avenue.
Reduced Property Values
The plaintiffs seeking compensatory damages and other relief from TTI and Skyline are five Woodbury property owners: Myriam and John Ralston, Hannah Roher and Benjamin Roberts, Joshua Tohn and Maria Hagen, Elizabeth Goldberg, and Christine Sajecki.
They argue negligence by TTI and Skyline resulted in “significant reduction of their property values.”
“Plaintiffs are required by law to disclose to potential buyers the fact that their homes and community sustained lead paint and dust contamination on multiple occasions,” the lawsuit notes.
The class action suit comes on the heels of the civil suit filed last week against TTI and its contractor by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
Requests for comment from Skyline and TTI (an LLC formed by WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV and WMAR-TV) have not received a response.
The stations have set up a website about the tower and the painting project, which can be found here.
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