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Swim school sues Md. over chlorine regulations

WESTMINSTER — A swimming-school chain is suing the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene over the agency’s enforcement of chlorine limits.

The Carroll County Times reported Tuesday that Fallston-based Kids First Swim Schools filed the lawsuit in Carroll County Circuit Court in Westminster. It also names the Carroll and Baltimore county health departments as defendants.

The school is seeking $2 million in punitive damages for alleged negligence, libel, slander and interference with contractual relations.

State health department spokeswoman Dori Henry declined to comment on the lawsuit. She says a state administrative law judge has upheld the department’s decision to revoke the permit for a Kids First pool in Finksburg because chlorine levels were too high.

School owner Gary Roth says the Finksburg location was unfairly singled out for enforcement.