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MDE issued a public notice on June 11, 2020, that, as a result of the state of emergency related to COVID-19, it is necessary to extend the deadline by which schools and food service businesses must discontinue the sale or provision of food or beverages in expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service products under Maryland law by three months. This deadline will be extended from July 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020. The extension does not apply to the sale of EPS food service products, which continues to take effect July 1, 2020. As a result, food service businesses and schools may continue to use existing inventories of EPS food service products until October 1, 2020, but will not be able to purchase additional EPS food service products after July 1, 2020. This limited action by the state in response to COVID-19 does not affect or alter the effective date of a county or municipal law limiting the use of EPS products.
Regular inspections of dams must occur throughout their lifetime to evaluate the structural and operational aspects of the structure, to identify and resolve problems, and to verify that the component parts are functioning properly. Maryland Dam Safety has been working to implement virtual inspection practices for inspection of construction and dams that are generally in good condition. The dam owner or his or her engineer will facilitate the virtual dam inspection using an online meeting platform like the preferred Google Meet.
The owner/engineer will then walk the dam, operate necessary components, and take necessary measurements while the Dam Safety inspector takes notes. The inspection can be guided by the Dam Safety engineer, who can call out particular locations that need closer views or follow-up in-person inspections. It is very important that the virtual meeting platform allow the inspection to be recorded. The recording of the inspection can be archived with the Dam Safety Division and distributed to all involved parties for review and reference. State license allows for recording.
This virtual inspection process also allows for participants at their home/office to review aerial imagery, old reports and old photos – which may actually enrich the inspection experience. Maryland Dam Safety staff are considered essential staff at this time – so in the event of an emergency or critical facility inspection, they can continue to make in-person inspections. All persons present during such inspections will be expected to adhere to CDC guidance for PPE. For questions, contact Arno Laud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-537-4174.
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