Rental Property Lead Certificate Law

Beginning October 1, 2020, landlords will be required to test and certify rental properties as “lead-safe” or “lead-free” in order to A) execute a new or renewed lease or B) receive or renew a rental license.  The requirement applies to all residential properties, but it will be phased in by zip code over two years.  Below are frequently-asked questions about how the law will be applied.  More information will be provided closer to the effective date.

https://www.phila.gov/2019-10-22-rental-property-lead-certification-law/

Vietnamese Restaurant Closure

“The Health Department and L&I are responsible for following up on complaints they receive through the 311 system, many of which — including complaints against this shopping center — are anonymous,” Garrow said. “If there are no violations found during the inspection, L&I will mark the complaint as unfounded, and the Health Department will post a clean health inspection report.”

https://whyy.org/articles/hoa-binh-plaza-banh-mi-shop-closed-amid-concerns-that-city-agency-was-weaponized-for-gentrification/

By Meir Rinde

Fourth of July Deaths Rulings

More than three months later, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday released its conclusions on the deaths. The cause for both: Drowning. The manner of Patterson’s death was “undetermined,” while Siler’s was “accidental.”

https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-river-drowning-deaths-july-4-anjania-patterson-tim-siler-medical-examiner-results-20191018.html

By Julie Shaw

CSB PES Explosion Report Release

Inquirer

City Managing Director Brian Abernathy said officials have been clear in their communication with residents, listened to their concerns, and created an advisory group.

“I’m a little disappointed that folks feel like we lied to them. … We have been very forthright throughout this process that there were chemicals released in the air,” Abernathy said.

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/refinery-explosion-report-chemicals-south-philadelphia-20191016.html

By Ellie Silverman

Philly Magazine

City spokesperson Deana Gamble said on Wednesday that the city’s air quality meter had not been properly calibrated at the time of the measurement, and that inspectors with the city’s Air Management Services had asked the Environmental Protection Agency and PES to confirm “zero readings” for hydrogen fluoride.

“Both confirmed that there was no HF present in the community, and the AMS inspectors took the improperly calibrated meter out of service,” Gamble said. “AMS subsequently confirmed with the manufacturer that the handheld device was in fact in need of recalibration and was thus unreliable when used immediately after the fire.”

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/10/16/pes-explosion-investigation-update/

By Claire Sasko

Youth E-Cigarette Restriction Announcement

Release

 

WHYY

As dozens of vaping-related lung illnesses are being investigated across Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced Wednesday that they will introduce legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes and vape pods from stores that sell to minors.

https://whyy.org/articles/amid-hospitalizations-philadelphia-officials-propose-a-flavored-vape-ban-for-minors/

By Nina Feldman

Fox29

“No one knows what’s in these products,” Dr. Farley explained. “Even the FDA doesn’t know, because they haven’t required manufacturers to submit a list of ingredients.”

https://www.fox29.com/news/dont-vape-mayor-kenney-health-officials-propose-anti-vaping-legislation-to-protect-minors

By Staff

PhillyVoice

Under the proposed bill, sales of various product types would be limited to adult-only stores that require patrons to be at least 18 years old.

The products listed in the legislation include e-cigarettes with more than 20 mg/ml of nicotine salts, e-cigarettes with flavorings and e-liquids with more than 20 mg/ml of nicotine salts or flavorings sold separately.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/vaping-philadelphia-flavored-high-nicotine-sales-restrictions-legislation/

By Michael Tanenbaum

Philly Magazine

At a press conference on Wednesday, city health commissioner Tom Farley noted that 25 percent of high school seniors in Pennsylvania currently use e-cigarettes. (For comparison, less than five percent of the adult population currently vapes.) While the rate of teen vaping was previously declining in the state, the figure doubled from 2017 to 2019. “These teens are not smokers trying to quit,” Farley said, referencing the traditional argument made in favor of e-cigarettes. “These are kids getting addicted to an entirely new product.”

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/10/17/philadelphia-vape-laws/

By David Murrell

Metro

Under this new legislation, e-cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes that contain higher levels of nicotine will only be sold in stores that service adults, not children or teens. Kenney said this is a crucial step to make since more and more kids are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes at a young age.

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/philadelphia/mayor-kenney-proposed-new-e-cigarette-legislation

By Becca Glasser-Baker

CBS3

Philadelphia is joining the crackdown on e-cigarettes as vaping-related illnesses are on the rise across the United States. Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Tom Farley announced new legislation proposing restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to minors on Wednesday.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/10/16/mayor-jim-kenney-restricting-sale-e-cigarette-minors/

By Staff

Inquirer

But Farley noted that many children are going straight to e-cigarettes.

“More than 25% of 12th graders are now vaping,” said Farley. “These teens are not smokers. They’re getting addicted to an entirely new product. No one knows what’s going to happen to these children’s lungs if they use these products for years or decades. We don’t want any more young people clinging to life on a ventilator.”

https://www.inquirer.com/health/philly-restricting-vaping-sales-minors-ecigarette-20191016.html

By Bethany Ao

6ABC

Philadelphia Health Commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley said, “It was done aware of the risks of preemption. But on the other hand, we feel we have to act. So if companies want to take us to court, take us to court. We believe this is the right thing to do to protect our children.”

https://6abc.com/politics/mayor-kenney-announces-crafting-of-new-bill-to-stop-kids-from-vaping/5624201/

By Bob Brooks

KYW

E-cigarettes typically contain 59 milligrams of nicotine per millimeter of liquid. Stores owners that want to allow teens and children inside would have to limit e-cigarette sales to products with no more than 20 milligrams per millimeter–and no added flavoring.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/philly-officials-introduce-bill-attempt-limit-e-cigs

By Pat Loeb

NBC10

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley also announced that “Behind the Haze,” a social media campaign spreading awareness on the dangers of vaping, is set to launch next week.

“It shows teens that e-cigarettes contain chemicals that are either of unknown risk or that are in fact known as carcinogens, meaning they can cause cancer,” Dr. Farley said.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphia-Mayor-Jim-Kenney-Propose-Plan-Restrict-Vaping-Sales-563217401.html

By Rudy Chinchilla and David Chang

Philly Tribune

E-cigarette manufacturers are not required to submit a list of ingredients to the federal regulators, said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in a written statement.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/city-council-kenney-aim-to-ban-sale-of-flavored-vaping/article_a8ff964f-7e56-5e48-b70f-19ba856d585d.html

By Michael D’Onofrio

Greenberg Lawsuit

Inquirer

When reached for comment about the lawsuit, a medical examiner spokesperson said the office does not comment on ongoing litigation. Osbourne did not return requests for comment.

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/ellen-greenberg-homicide-suicide-mystery-schoolteacher-philadelphia-20191016.html

By Stephanie Farr

People Magazine

Philadelphia police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. The medical examiner’s office said the office, as a rule, doesn’t respond to ongoing litigation in which it is involved.

https://people.com/crime/pennsylvania-teacher-death-ruled-suicide-family-wants-homicide/

By Chris Harris

Local News 21

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office says they won’t comment on the case.

https://local21news.com/news/local/family-hopes-new-lawsuit-ends-search-for-answers-in-daughters-mysterious-death

By Brian Sheehan