Department of Environment Issues More Than 200 Enforcement Actions

Department of Environment Issues More Than 200 Enforcement Actions

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Department of Environment Issues More Than 200 Enforcement Actions Agency Seeks Penalties, Corrective Actions for Alleged Violations of Land, Air and Water Regulations

BALTIMORE, MD (April 26, 2012) – The Maryland Department of the Environment today announced more than 200 major enforcement actions in recent months for alleged violations of MDE requirements for land, air, water and wetlands.
 
“The Maryland Department of the Environment's top priority is to protect public health and our environment. A consistent baseline of enforcement actions prevents further pollution and risks to public health,” said MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers. “The majority of Maryland businesses comply with environmental laws. A strong and fair enforcement program protects their investment in the environment as well as the health and quality of life of all Maryland residents.”

 

Land Pollution Enforcement Actions

Lead Cases

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 "Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. Alleged violations typically involve a failure to register properties or meet lead risk reduction standards. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

Jerome C. Felix – Baltimore City:  14 affected properties – On August 25, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

John Adams and Dianne Adams – New Windsor, Carroll County:  1 affected property – On August 25, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $11,000 for alleged violations.

Pirate, LLC – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On August 25, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $55,000 for alleged violations.

Mark A. Webb – Hagerstown, Washington County:  1 affected property – On August 25, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Charles Kipp and Naoma Kipp – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On August 25, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $20,000 for alleged violations.

Amir Dahan – Burtonsville, Montgomery County:  1 affected property – On August 25, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $7,000 for alleged violations.

C&F Properties, LLC – Westminster, Carroll County:  9 affected properties – On August 26, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolved alleged violations. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $13,500. The penalty has been paid in full.

Tony Williams – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On August 31, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.

Aleksandre Vayshelboym and Pavel Vayshelboym – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties – On August 31, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $30,500 for alleged violations.

Dominique Sylvia and Cesar Schadrac – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  1 affected property – On August 31, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $27,000 for alleged violations.

Genevieve Nixon – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On August 31, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $18,000 for alleged violations.

Moses G. Parker – Baltimore City:  11 affected properties – On August 31, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $10,000 for alleged violations.

Romael M. Boyd – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On September 8, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.

Demetrios Nicholas Karvounis – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On September 8, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Elaine C. G. Parker – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On September 28, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $6,000.

Marcus D. Lucas – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  2 affected properties – On September 14, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $26,500 for alleged violations.

Perry Willey – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  7 affected properties – On September 14, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Abu Bakar, Anwara Subhan, Daventry Realty, LLC, Royal Park Realty, LLC and Dara, LLC – Baltimore, Baltimore County:  14 affected properties – On September 29, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendants agreed to a penalty of $7,250.

3 Bishops Land, LLC, American Touresorts, Inc., TMC Properties, LLC and Thomas B. McGee – Catonsville, Baltimore, Ellicott City, Baltimore County and Howard County:  5 affected properties – On October 3, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $5,500.

Wallace Properties, LLC – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  2 affected properties – On October 3, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $15,000 for alleged violations.

Lawrence H. Knighton – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  1 affected property – On October 3, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $3,500.

Fulton 200, LLC – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

Herman Lopez and Dina Lopez – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

Michael D. Davis – Baltimore City:  14 affected properties – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $46,000 for alleged violations.

Antonio Banks and Latrina Wilson – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $15,000 for alleged violations.

Skyline Residential 1, L.P. – Baltimore City:  31 affected properties – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.

Nina Nwaba – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.

M&A Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On October 4, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.

Christopher Campbell – Baltimore City:  10 affected properties – On October 24, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $32,500 for alleged violations.

Moses O. Fadiran – Baltimore City:  21 affected properties – On October 24, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.

Alexia A. Lotts, a.k.a. Alexia A. McCain – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On October 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

Huber Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  11 affected properties – On October 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.

Kevin R. Wheeler and Lisa I. Wheeler – Baltimore City:  10 affected properties – On October 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $13,700 for alleged violations.

Dennis G. Howard and Teresa K. Howard – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On October 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

David J. Alt Jr. and Colleen Alt – Westminster, Carroll County:  16 affected properties – On October 18, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $8,000. The penalty has been paid in full.

Kenneth Leroy Smith, Jr. – Hagerstown, Washington County:  1 affected property – On November 18, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

Michael McGurn and Yusabor Gaye – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On November 29, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $27,500 for alleged violations.

Jean Carol Tinkler, Jeffrey Dill and Kathryn Dill – Hagerstown, Washington County:  2 affected properties – On November 29, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $15,000 for alleged violations.

Angela M. Richardson – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On November 29, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

Michael Estep – Dundalk, Baltimore County:  On November 29, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

Mary A. Wright – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $32,000 for alleged violations.

Deborah L. Carroll and Sammy U. Albaugh – Hagerstown, Washington County:  2 affected properties – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $21,000 for alleged violations.

Neil S. Wolfson – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,500 for alleged violations.

Kennard Matthews, Julie Woods, and Key Property Management, Inc. – Catonsville, Baltimore County:  1 affected property – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $30,000 for alleged violations.

ARES Investment Group, LLC – Hagerstown, Washington County:  3 affected properties – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Adelfo B. Calibuso – Baltimore City:  13 affected properties – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.

Frank Stojinski – Westminster, Carroll County:  1 affected property – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $18,000 for alleged violations.

Meadowcroft Brothers, Inc. – Freeland, Baltimore County:  1 affected property – On December 6, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $5,500 for alleged violations.

Sharon L. Weedy and Joel I. D. Weedy – Hagerstown, Washington County:  3 affected properties – On December 7, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $17,500 for alleged violations.

Frank E. Carey – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On December 7, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

William Evans – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On December 7, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $21,000 for alleged violations.

Cathedral Court, LLC – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On November 18, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendant agreed to a penalty of $50,000.

William S. Barrick and Shirley F. Barrick – Hampstead, Carroll County:  1 affected property – On December 16, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $16,500 for alleged violations.

GGEL Enterprises, Inc. – Baltimore City:  12 affected properties – On December 16, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.

Amherst Properties, LLC and Barbara Mehr – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  1 affected property – On December 16, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $19,000 for alleged violations.

Penny L. Price – Frostburg, Allegany County:  1 affected property – On December 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $15,000 for alleged violations.

Marilynne Dos Reis – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On December 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

Zainab Ariyibi – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On December 28, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

Rosamund B. James – Colmar Manor, Prince George’s County:  1 affected property – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

Kevin A. Falls – Jessup, Anne Arundel County:  1 affected property – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

John C. Dean – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

Lennox M. Douglas – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $31,500 for alleged violations.

Tremaine Tazewell – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Desi Stringer – Mount Rainier, Prince George’s County:  1 affected property – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $21,500 for alleged violations.

Azwah Browne – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Jesse Gouge and Julia Gouge – Hampstead, Carroll County:  2 affected properties – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $18,000 for alleged violations.

Angela Weeks-Lee – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On January 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

Laramar Specialty Services, LLC – Brentwood, Prince George’s County:  19 affected properties – On December 9, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendant agreed to a penalty of $10,000.  The penalty has been paid in full.

Mary A. Wright – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On January 6, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendant agreed to a penalty of $10,000.

Shai Segallm, Autumn Payne and Queen City Property Management, LLC – Cumberland, Allegany counties and Baltimore City:  7 affected properties – On January 19, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $18,000 for alleged violations.

Pocomoke City, LLC – Pocomoke, Worcester County:  1 affected property – On January 20, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $42,240 for alleged violations.

Berry & Company, Inc. – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On January 26, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

901 Associates, LLC and Magnolia Properties Management, LLC – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On February 6, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $37,000 for alleged violations.

167 Green Street, LLC, 55-59 Maryland Avenue, 848-854 West Street, LLC, and 415 Severn Avenue, LLC – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  9 affected properties – On January 26, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,500.

Demetrios N. Karvounis – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties – On January 31, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000.

Bryon Krane & Wanda Melton – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  1 affected property – On February 17, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $28,000 for alleged violations.

Five Sons Properties, LLC & Alexander Thomson – Trappe, Talbot County:  2 affected properties – On February 17, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.

Sujana Umagiliya – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On February 17, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Kingsley Chineme – Baltimore City:  15 affected properties – On February 17, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Dennis T. Taylor and Parris D. Taylor – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.

Obinna Ogbu & Helen Ogbu – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Catherine S. Hinkey – Catonsville, Baltimore County:  1 affected property – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

Robert H. Deese, Jr. and Judith A. Deese – Dundalk, Baltimore County:  1 affected property – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

Lioudmila Sokolova and Leonid Fastovsky – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Maurice Garland – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Nega Marufe, Yordanos Seyoum and Nile Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On February 23, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $15,000 for alleged violations.

Shama, LLC – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On February 28, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

401 Gwynn Ave, LLC, Two for Something, Inc. and Troy Brown – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On February 28, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $13,000 for alleged violations.

Maryland Restoration Group, LLC – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On March 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.

Ozell Cooper – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On March 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

Fidelity Real Estate Corp. – Baltimore City:  7 affected properties – On March 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.

Edward F. Sible, Sr. and Linda A. Sible – Westminster, Carroll County:  10 affected properties – On March 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $44,000 for alleged violations.

Dennis C. McCoy – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  1 affected property – On March 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.

Edward F. Kehl, III and Mark S. Dirzuweit – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On March 9, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $28,000 for alleged violations.

Chukuemeka Okoro – Baltimore City:  12 affected properties – On March 14, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $37,500 for alleged violations

Shanna Hamilton – Baltimore City:  10 affected properties – On March 14, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.

Subhi Badra and Badra Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  23 affected properties – On March 14, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $15,800 for alleged violations.

Nader Mondanipour – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties – On March 14, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,500 for alleged violations.

Wallace Properties LLC – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  2 affected properties – On February 23, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000.  The penalty has been paid in full.

Ruth Wickham – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On February 28, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000. Penalty has been paid in full.

Moges Ayele, Ayalnesh Ayele, Girma Retta, Zewsitu Retta, M&A Properties, LLC and United General Business, LLC – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On March 9, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations.  The defendants agreed to a penalty of $18,000.

South Park Properties – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County:  2 affected properties – On March 16, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000.

Dolly E. Baker – Kennedyville and Chestertown, Kent County:  1 affected property – On March 27, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $60,000 for alleged violations.

Mack James – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties – On March 27, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.

Zain Sesay and Abu Sesay – Baltimore City:  18 affected properties – On March 28, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $45,000 for alleged violations.

James S. McCarthy and Stacey Ishman – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On April 2, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

18-20 S. Broadway, LLC – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On April 2, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,500 for alleged violations.

Johnny Barnes, Jr. – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On April 4, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

Thomasina Byrd – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On April 4, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Oscar J. Benisek and Paula L. Benisek – Fairplay, Hagerstown and Williamsport, Washington County:  21 affected properties – On April 4, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $75,000 for alleged violations.

Penny Greenwood – Baltimore City:  18 affected properties – On April 12, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $43,500 for alleged violations.

 

The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program accredits and enforces performance standards for inspectors and contractors working in lead hazard reduction. The following action was taken against an inspector alleged to be in violation of state regulations:

Michael Herrod – Anne Arundel County:  On September 9, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty seeking $5,000 for alleged violations.

 

Oil Control Cases

 
The Oil Control Program has highly trained staff to help companies and individuals ensure that their Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) are in compliance with State and federal regulations. All regulated USTs within Maryland are required to be registered through the Underground Storage Tank Notification Program. All USTs storing motor fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel) must meet specific technical standards (corrosion protection, spill/overfill prevention, leak detection and financial responsibility) or be removed from the ground.

Countryside Animal Hospital  – Oakland, Garrett County:  On October 7, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with oil control laws and regulations and seeking $12,500 for alleged violations.

John R. Pasquinelli, d/b/a J.C. Discount Tires – Edgewood, Harford County:  On October 20, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with oil control laws and regulations and seeking $29,000 for alleged violations.

Albert Inseon Lee – Baltimore City:  On January 19, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty requiring compliance with oil control laws and regulations and seeking $27,000 for alleged violations.

United States Department of Energy:  On February 1, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violations requiring compliance with oil control laws and regulations and seeking $7,300 for alleged violations.

JJR72, Inc. and Jermaine J. Ross – Baltimore City:  On March 6, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with oil control laws and regulations and seeking $24,000 for alleged violations.

Tara, Inc., Dawood Ahmad and Lomond Inc. – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  On February 17, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $10,000.


Any person who transfers any volume of nonedible oils into Maryland requires an oil transfer license. The licensee must submit quarterly reports indicating the volume and method of oil transferred into the State. A fee per barrel of oil transferred into the State is assessed at the first point of transfer and paid quarterly. Funds received as oil transfer fees are used to fund the State's oil control and spill response activities.

Metroplex Energy, Inc.:  On September 20, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $17,500.

Chevron Environmental Management Company – Baltimore City:  On February 14, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violation requiring compliance with oil control laws and regulations and seeking $10,000 for alleged violations.

 

Solid Waste:

Solid waste acceptance facilities must ensure the proper disposal of solid waste in an environmentally acceptable manner while protecting the public health and the environment, including surface water and groundwater. A Refuse Disposal Permit is required for the installation, alteration, or extension of a solid waste acceptance facility. The permit regulates the design, construction, operation, and monitoring of such facilities to minimize the impact on public health and the environment. Municipal, rubble, and some industrial waste landfills are required to have liners and systems that facilitate the collection of leachate and prevent migration of pollutants out of the landfill to adjacent subsurface soil, groundwater, and surface water. With some exceptions, processing and transfer activities are required to be conducted in an enclosed building to control odor, dust, and noise.

BD Road, LLC – Wicomico County:  On September 15, 2011, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $10,000 for alleged unauthorized open burning.

David G. Hartig and Wendy S. Hartig – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  On October 4, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $7,000.

Powellville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. – Pittsville, Wicomico County:  On October 28, 2011, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $7,000 for alleged open dumping and open burning.

A.J. Tucker – Eden, Wicomico County:  On December 6, 2011, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $7,000 for alleged open dumping and open burning.

Ray H. Orndoff, Jr. – Williamsport, Washington County:  On November 18, 2011, MDE issued a Complaint seeking $10,000 for alleged open dumping.

Mamie L. Young, John Marvin Pollard and American Contractors, Inc. – Dunkirk, Calvert County:  On December 5, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty seeking a combined $50,000 for alleged violations.

Michael D. & Linda Ward – Worcester County:  On February 7, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $5,000 for open dumping and open burning.

Pless Burnard Jones & P & J Contracting Company, Inc. – Baltimore City:  On February 28, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.

George & Bettie J. Rodgers – Capitol Heights, Prince George’s County:  On February 21, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $7,000 for opening dumping and open burning.

TVECK LLC – Garrett County: On March 15, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $8,000 for open dumping.

 


Solid Waste (Sewage Sludge) Cases:

Sewage sludge (also known as biosolids) is not sewage, but rather is one of the final products of treated sewage at a sewage (wastewater) treatment plant. The application of sewage sludge to land returns essential nutrients to the soil, adds organic matter, and can improve the tillability and moisture retention capability of the soil. A permit is required for any person who collects, incinerates, stores, treats, applies to land, transports or disposes of sewage sludge or septage in Maryland.

Synagro Central, LLC (13 sites):  On February 1, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $26,000 for alleged violations.

 

Waste Diversion and Utilization  – CAFO:

The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) and Maryland Animal Feeding Operation (MAFO) Program regulates discharges from larger farms raising poultry, cattle, swine and other livestock. These discharges contain nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus which contribute to eutrophication and other water quality issues in waters of the State including the Chesapeake Bay. These farms must register for coverage under the General Discharge Permit for Animal Feeding Operations.

Jacobs Farm, Inc. – Bishopville, Worcester County:  On September 23, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $9,600.

 


Hazardous Waste:

Hazardous waste generators must arrange for shipment of their hazardous waste to a facility permitted to accept it or, with the appropriate permits, treat it themselves. A person who ships hazardous waste off-site must use a hauler certified by MDE and the waste must be accompanied by a document that tracks it from generation to disposal (the hazardous waste manifest). A person must comply with regulations on the storage of the waste and must follow specified procedures to prevent the occurrence of circumstances that would threaten human health or the environment.

Arcal Chemicals, Inc. – Capitol Heights, Prince George’s County:  On January 13, 2012, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $5,000 for alleged hazardous waste storage violations.


Scrap Tires:

The risks associated with scrap tires include: fire, which can release toxic fumes and oils into the air, soil, surface waters, and groundwater; mosquito, rodent, snake, and other vector infestations, which can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and malaria; and release of other pollutants to the environment. Disposing of scrap tires in an open dump or in a landfill in Maryland is prohibited. Any company or individual who generates hauls, or processes (including recycles, uses as fuel, or processes at a solid waste acceptance facility) scrap tires must obtain a license from the Maryland Department of the Environment. These licenses require the licensees to properly handle, transfer, or process scrap tires to protect the public health and the environment. All licensees are required to submit semi-annual reports each February 1st and August 1st documenting the quantity and location of all scrap tires that were generated, hauled, transferred, and processed during the preceding 6-month reporting period.

Morton Roll Off Services, LLC, James Morton, III and Tonee Marcella Morton – Baltimore City:  On December 9, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty seeking a combined $50,000 for alleged violations.

Dorothea S. Harrison-Ewing, Ewing’s Used Cars & Parts, Inc. and Ewing’s Enterprises, LLC – Baltimore, Baltimore County:  On December 9, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty seeking a combined $30,000 for alleged violations. 


Air Pollution Enforcement Actions


MDE’s Air and Radiation Management Administration ensures that all citizens and businesses are meeting the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act as well as Maryland’s air pollution control laws. The Administration oversees air pollution monitoring, planning, and control programs to improve and maintain air quality and a radiation control program to protect the public from unnecessary exposure to radiation from medical equipment and other devices, in conformance with federal and state law.

Mack Trucks Inc. – Washington County: On August 29, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with Mack Trucks, Inc. for alleged violations of Maryland air pollution control requirements.  Mack Trucks operates an engine and transmission manufacturing facility at its plant in Hagerstown.  Mack Trucks allegedly violated air quality permitting requirements by constructing a new engine paint booth before an air quality permit to construct was issued by MDE. The construction permit required a public notification process that was not completed before Mack Trucks constructed the paint booth. The Settlement Agreement requires Mack Trucks to pay a $50,000 penalty. The permit has since been issued by MDE.

American Yeast Corporation – Baltimore County: On September 14, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with the American Yeast Corporation for alleged violations of Maryland air pollution control requirements. American Yeast operates a yeast manufacturing facility in Baltimore County. American Yeast allegedly violated air quality requirements by failing to operate its facility properly, resulting in nuisance odors and air pollution being released into the surrounding communities. MDE received numerous citizen complaints regarding foul odors from American Yeast. The Settlement Agreement requires American Yeast to pay $35,000 for the violations. An earlier Settlement Agreement required American Yeast to implement a Compliance Plan requiring the company to operate its yeast facility properly to eliminate odor and air pollution emissions into the surrounding communities.

Progress Environmental LLC – Prince George’s County: On November 7, 2011, MDE issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty in the amount of $8,500 to Progress Environmental for alleged violations of Maryland’s asbestos regulations at a job site in Landover Hills. Alleged violations included the failure of asbestos workers in an asbestos removal area to wear proper protective clothing and taking food and drinks into an asbestos removal area.

Wheelabrator Baltimore L.P. – Baltimore City: On December, 1, 2011, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement to address alleged violations of Maryland’s air pollution control laws. The agreement requires the company to pay a $77,500 penalty to the Maryland Clean Air Fund. The company corrected system failures and brought the facility back into compliance.  

Diageo North America, Inc. – Baltimore County: On February 27, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with Diageo to address alleged violations of air quality requirements.  Diageo failed to maintain log records documenting and demonstrating that the proper VOC control procedures were used for their filtering operations.  Diageo has since returned to compliance.  The Settlement Agreement requires Diageo to pay a $55,000 penalty to address the violations.  Diageo is a distilled spirits aging, blending, and packaging facility located in Relay.

Curtis Bay Energy, L.P. – Baltimore City: On March 13, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with Curtis Bay Energy to address violations of air quality requirements.  Curtis Bay Energy allegedly violated air quality requirements by exceeding mercury emission standards from its exhaust stack as demonstrated by a stack test. A subsequent stack test showed a return to compliance.  The Settlement Agreement requires Curtis Bay Energy to pay a $40,000 penalty to address the violation. Curtis Bay Energy owns and operates a medical waste incinerator.

 

Asbestos Actions

Dilapidated Demolition – Allegany County: On March 2, 2012, MDE issued an Assessed Civil Penalty to Dilapidated Demolition in the amount of $10,000 for alleged violations of Maryland asbestos requirements.  Dilapidated Demolition improperly demolished a structure in Cumberland that contained asbestos. Dilapidated Demolition is not a licensed asbestos contractor. Other alleged violations included failure to notify MDE of the pending job, failure to provide proper worker training and protection, failure to properly remove asbestos prior to demolition and to properly clean the work area of asbestos residue and failure to post “danger” signs.

 

Radiation Machines Division

The following actions are in response to violations of Maryland regulations for the control of ionizing radiation from radiation (x-ray) machines.

Jay S. LeBow, D.P.M. – Baltimore City: On September 8, 2011, MDE issued a Complaint, Order, and Administrative Penalty seeking $10,000 to Jay S. LeBow, D.P.M., alleging failure to certify the facility's radiation machine.

Waldorf Periodontics – Charles County: On September 8, 2011, MDE issued a Complaint, Order, and Administrative Penalty seeking $5,200 to Waldorf Periodontics, alleging failure to correct a radiation machine violation. 

Stanback Dental Care – Montgomery County: On December 8, 2011, MDE issued a Complaint, Order, and Administrative Penalty seeking $5,000 to Stanback Dental Care, alleging failure to register its radiation machine facility.

Fredrick D. Clark, D.D.S. – Prince George's County: On March 14, 2012, MDE issued a Complaint, Order, and Administrative Penalty seeking $6,000 to Fredrick D. Clark, D.D.S., alleging failure to register his radiation machine facility.

 

Radioactive Materials Licensing and Compliance Division

The following actions are in response to violations of Maryland regulations for the control of ionizing radiation from radioactive materials.

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson – Baltimore County: On February 29, 2012, MDE issued a Complaint, Order, and Administrative Penalty for $7,150 to Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, alleging violation of radioactive materials regulations.

 

 

Water Pollution Enforcement Actions

It is unlawful for any person to introduce soil or sediment into waters of the State or to place soil or sediment in a condition or location where it is likely to be washed into waters of the State. State law requires that, prior to performing construction activity, a  person obtain and implement a Soil Conservation District-approved erosion and sediment control plan that must be maintained for the life of the project for any proposed land clearing or earth disturbance greater than 5,000 square feet.
State law prohibits the discharge of any pollutant into waters of the State, unless such discharge is in compliance with the terms, conditions, and requirements of a discharge permit. Earth disturbances that exceed one acre are required to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activity from MDE.  The NPDES Permit requires that an approved erosion and sediment control plan be obtained and implemented, that self-monitoring inspections occur, and that a log of such inspections be maintained.

State law requires any project that impacts waterways, including the 100- year floodplain, shall be authorized by a State Waterway Construction Permit. Construction must proceed in accordance with the permit conditions and the MDE-approved plan. 

Allegany Aggregates, Inc. – Bedrock Quarry, Allegany County: On September 7, 2011, MDE and Allegany Aggregates finalized a Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged sediment control, sediment pollution, and water pollution control violations at the Bedrock Quarry near Flintstone. Allegany Aggregates paid $15,000 to the Clean Water Fund on October 12, 2011, as required by the Settlement Agreement.

Prince George’s Community College, Center for Health Studies: On September 23, 2011, Prince George’s Community College paid $7,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged General Construction Discharge Permit violations at the Center for Health Studies construction site in Largo.

P & W Excavating, Inc. – Washington County: On October 6, 2011, P & W Excavating, Inc., paid $5,200 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and general construction discharge permit violations at a construction project at the Emmanuel Baptist Temple near Huyett.

Baltimore City Department of Public Works – Baltimore County:  On September 1, 2011, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works paid $9,750 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve an alleged violation – specifically that the NPDES General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity logbook was not maintained and the approved erosion and sediment control plan was not implemented and maintained, causing sediment pollution to an unnamed tributary to Jones Falls at the Towson Finished Water Reservoir project in Baltimore County.

M.P. Zink Construction, Inc. – Anne Arundel County:  On September 6, 2011, M.P. Zink Construction, Inc., paid $6,600 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve an alleged violation at the Pershing Hill Elementary School site, Fort George G. Meade, Anne Arundel County – specifically that the approved erosion and sediment control plan was not implemented and maintained, thereby placing sediment in a position likely to pollute, alleged sediment pollution to jurisdictional nontidal wetlands, and the failure to complete the required logbook entries in accordance with the NPDES General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity.

Talon, LLC – St. Mary’s County:  On August 26, 2011, Talon, LLC paid  $9,500 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and NPDES/State discharge permit violations and alleged sediment pollution to tributaries of Broad Run and Brooks Run at the Broad Creek Subdivision, Hollywood, St. Mary’s County.

Patuxent Investment Properties, LLC – Calvert County:  On September 12, 2011, Patuxent Investment Properties, LLC paid $5,000 to the Clean Water Fund for the alleged violation of failing to obtain a General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity for earth disturbances over one acre for the home lot development Gabriel’s Ridge Subdivision in Sunderland.

Dixie Construction Company, Inc. – Worcester County:  On September 21, 2011, Dixie Construction Company, Inc., paid $5,000 to the Clean Water fund to resolve alleged sediment control violations at the Winter Quarters Golf Course in Pocomoke.

Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc- Wicomico County: On September 8, 2011, Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc., paid $21,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and sediment pollution violations at a property owned by Millville Lumber Company in Willards.

Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. – Wicomico County: On September 8, 2011, Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. paid $14,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and pollution violations at the Hudyma property in Willards.       

Three Brothers of Prince Frederick Properties, LLC and W.M. Davis, Inc. – Calvert County: On November 1, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty to Three Brothers of Prince Frederick Properties, LLC and to W.M. Davis, Inc. alleging sediment control and sediment pollution violations. WMA has assessed a penalty of $138,700 to Three Brothers and $120,000 to W.M. Davis. The case is pending appeal.

Dominion Transmission, Inc. – Calvert County: On November 15, 2011, Dominion Transmission, Inc., paid $5,600 to the Clean Water Fund for the alleged failure to obtain an approved erosion and sediment control plan prior to earth disturbance activities, placing sediment in a position likely to pollute Mill Creek in Prince Frederick.

Forrester Construction Company – Prince George’s County:  On November 7, 2011, Forrester Construction Company paid $6,500 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged sediment control and Construction Discharge Permit violations at the Glenmont Station Parking Garage construction project in Silver Spring.


Maryland Environment Article, Title 4 requires that a Soil Conservation District approved sediment control plan for any proposed land clearing, soil movement, and construction greater than 5,000 square feet shall be obtained and implemented prior to construction and maintained for the life of the project.  It further provides that it is unlawful for any person to introduce soil or sediment into waters of the State or to place soil or sediment in a condition or location where it is likely to be washed into waters of the State.  Sediment is considered a pollutant under this statute. 

Title 9 of the Environment Article prohibits the discharge of any pollutant into waters of the State, unless such discharge is in compliance with the terms, conditions, and requirements of a discharge permit. 

Earth disturbances that exceed one acre are required to obtain an NPDES Permit for Discharges Associated with Construction Activity.  The NPDES Permit requires that an approved erosion and sediment control plan be obtained and implemented, and that self-monitoring inspections occur and that a log of such inspections be maintained. 

Mamie Young, John Pollard, American Contractors Inc. – Dunkirk, Calvert County: On December 12, 2011, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty to Mamie Young, John Pollard and American Contractors, Inc., alleging open dumping, sediment control and sediment pollution violations. A $170,000 penalty was assessed.  

E.P. Henry Corporation – Prince George’s County: On November 10, 2011, E.P. Henry Corporation paid $20,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and water pollution violations at the E.P. Henry Sheriff’s Road facility in Capitol Heights.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. – Prince Georges County: On December 27, 2011, Kaiser Foundation paid $ 17,700 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged sediment control and Discharge Permit violations at the Kaiser Largo Medical Office Building construction project.

Baltimore City Department of Transportation – Baltimore City: On October 26, 2011, Baltimore City Department of Transportation paid $10,500 to the Clean Water Fund for alleged sediment control and water pollution violations at the Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street Project, Baltimore City.

Lewis Contractors – Baltimore County: On November 18, 2011, Lewis Contractors paid $12,000 to the Clean Water Fund for the alleged violation of failing to implement and maintain the approved erosion and sediment control plan, which resulted in placing sediment in a position likely to pollute waters of the State at Towson University’s Richmond Hall and Newell Hall renovation project site.

W2007RDG Realty, L.L.C. and Morgan-Keller, Inc. – Hanover, Anne Arundel County: On December 27, 2011, W2007RDG Realty, L.L.C. and Morgan-Keller, Inc. paid $17,300 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged sediment control and NPDES Construction Storm Water Permit violations from November 21, 2009, through May 7, 2010.

Costello Construction of Maryland, Inc. – Silver Spring, Montgomery County: On December 19, 2011, Costello Construction of Maryland, Inc. paid a penalty settlement of $10,000 for alleged sediment control violations.

Prince Georges County Department of Environmental Resources (DER):  On February 6, 2012, DER and the Maryland Department of the Environment entered into a Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged sediment control, State discharge permit and waterway construction violations at the Bear Branch Watershed Improvement Project, Odell Stream Restoration  Project, Possum Court Stream Bank Stabilization Project, and the Cheverly Avenue Outfall Project. DER has agreed to pay $10,250 to the Clean Water Fund and to undertake a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) valued at $92,250.

Churchill Development Corporation – Fort Washington, Prince George’s County: On January 30, 2012, Churchill Development Corporation paid $50,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged violations of failing to implement and maintain erosion and sediment controls and sediment pollution at the Washington Overlook site.

Baker’s Hill, LLC – Cecil County: On February 8, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty to Baker’s Hill, LLC, Wooters Excavation, LLC and Mr. Kenneth Simmons citing alleged violations of sediment pollution, sediment control and water pollution laws. A penalty of $170,000 was assessed.

Natural Concerns, Inc., Baltimore County: On February 16, 2012, MDE and Natural Concerns, Inc. entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement to resolve allegedly unauthorized discharges of soil and sediment into Beaverdam Run during various dredging, grading and construction activities in August 2008. Natural Concerns has agreed to pay $3,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund and perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) valued at $45,000 to restore sections of Beaverdam Run that have been affected by natural erosion and sedimentation.

Housing Authority of Baltimore City (Uplands Apartments) – Baltimore City: On December 13, 2011, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City paid $27,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment pollution and sediment control violations that occurred at the Uplands Apartment demolition site in April 2009.

Mark Hubley and Susan Mende – Lothian, Anne Arundel County:– On February 7, 2012, MDE issued administrative Complaint and Penalty to Mark Hubley and Susan Mende citing alleged violations of sediment pollution, sediment control and water pollution laws on their property from February through November, 2008. A $50,000 penalty was assessed. 

Irishtown Farms, LLLP – Queenstown, Queen Anne’s County: On January 18, 2012, MDE and Irishtown Farms, LLLP, entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged violations of sediment pollution and sediment control laws. The Agreement requires that Irishtown Farms to assess and perform necessary modifications to its farm pond. A penalty of $20,000 must also be paid to the Clean Water Fund.

City of Havre de Grace – Harford County: On November 16, 2011, MDE and the City of Havre de Grace entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged violations of sediment pollution and sediment control laws at the Quarry Road Dump Site. Under the terms of the settlement, the City agreed to pay $10,000 to the Clean Water Fund.

Kinsley Construction – Baltimore County:  On December 21, 2011, Kinsley Construction paid $6,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and sediment pollution violations at the Pedestrian Bridge Replacement project at Robert E. Lee Park.

Elm Street Development – Odenton, Anne Arundel County:  On January 4, 2012, Elm Street Development paid $6,100 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and sediment pollution violations at the Odenton Gateway, LLC/Otto Baldwin construction site.

H. Hatcher, Inc. – Lusby, Calvert County: On January 10, 2012, A.H. Hatcher, Inc. paid $6,200 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control and water pollution violations.

Apex Construction, LLC – Greenbelt Metro Station, Prince Georges County: On February 27, 2012, Apex Construction, LLC paid $6,800 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged sediment control and waterway construction violations that at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Greenbelt Metro Station.

J. A. Scheibel, Inc. – Prince Frederick, Calvert County:  On March 9, 2012, MDE executed a Settlement Agreement with J. A. Scheibel, Inc. to resolve alleged sediment control and water pollution violations at the Prince Frederick Aquatic Center. Under the terms of the settlement, J.A. Scheibel, Inc. agreed to pay $20,000 to the Clean Water Fund. 

The Lane Construction Corporation – St. Mary’s County, Prince George’s County: On February 29, 2012, the Lane Construction Corporation paid a $70,000 penalty to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged sediment control, sediment pollution and water pollution violations. The alleged violations occurred at two project sites on Maryland Route 237 in Saint Mary’s County and a third project site on Interstate 495 at Arena Drive in Prince Georges County. 

Lawrence Farms, LLC – Whiteford, Harford County: On February 27, 2012, MDE entered into a civil settlement agreement with Lawrence Farms, LLC to resolve alleged sediment control and sediment pollution violations. Under the terms of settlement, Lawrence Farms LLC is required to pay $15,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund. 

Bearing Construction – Worcester County: On March 1, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with Bearing Construction to resolve alleged sediment control, sediment pollution and water pollution violations that occurred during construction of the Berlin Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade between July 2010 and May 2011.  Under the terms of settlement,
Bearing Construction has agreed to pay $15,000 to the Clean Water Fund. 

C.A. Bean, Inc. – Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s County: On March 13, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty to C.A. Bean, Inc. alleging sediment control and State Discharge Permit violations. A penalty of $30,000 was assessed. 

Jeffrey and Sheila Fooks – Dorchester County: On March 13, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty to Jeffrey and Sheila Fooks alleging sediment control and water pollution violations.  A penalty of $170,000 was assessed.

 

State law prohibits the discharge of any pollutant into waters of the State, unless such discharge is in compliance with the terms, conditions, and requirements of a discharge permit.  A  person must hold a discharge permit issued by MDE before the person may construct, install, modify, extend, alter or operate any facility or disposal system or any other outlet or establishment if its operation could cause or increase the discharge of pollutants into waters of the State.
 
American Sugar Refining, Inc. – Baltimore City: On August 19, 2011, American Sugar paid $40,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve four alleged unauthorized sugar discharges to waters of the State in October 2010 and February and March 2011.

Baltimore County DPW – Baltimore County: On August 30, 2011, Baltimore County paid $10,080 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged unauthorized discharges of sediment laden water and chlorinated water to waters of the State during construction of the North Point Pump Station.

Town of Rising Sun – Cecil County: On August 31, 2011, the Town of Rising Sun paid $5,900 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged effluent violations from its wastewater treatment plant from October 2010 through March 2011.

Commissioners of Town of Oxford – Talbot County: On August 31, 2011 the Commissioners of the Town of Oxford paid $20,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund pursuant to an administrative Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged water pollution violations at the Town of Oxford’s Wastewater Treatment between February 2008 and December 2009.

Hanover Foods Corporation – Ridgely, Caroline County: On September 1, 2011, MDE finalized an administrative Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged record-keeping and reporting violations, failure to finalize and implement a storm water pollution prevention plan and perform required inspections, and unauthorized discharges to waters of the State.  On September 26, 2011, Hanover Foods Corporation paid the $30,000 penalty associated with the Settlement Agreement.

Corporation of Woodsboro – Frederick County: On September 7, 2011, MDE finalized an administrative settlement with the Corporation of Woodsboro that includes a $21,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations involving unauthorized discharges, record-keeping, reporting and alleged effluent limitation violations from November 21, 2009, through May 7, 2010, at the Woodsboro Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Frederick County Utilities and Solid Waste Management Division – Frederick County: On September 22, 2011, Frederick County agreed to pay $13,440 to settle seven reported sanitary sewer overflows from collection systems owned by Frederick County during calendar year 2010.

St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission – St. Mary’s County: On October 5, 2011, the St. Mary’s County METCOM paid $12,880 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund in resolution of reported sanitary sewer overflows in St. Mary’s County during 2010. 

Town of Galena – Kent County: On October 25, 2011, MDE finalized an administrative Consent Order with the Town of Galena regarding the upgrade of the Galena WWTP to enable Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) treatment capability. Galena has agreed to pay $20,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged effluent violations.

Howard County DPW – Howard County: On October 31, 2011, MDE assessed a stipulated penalty of $5,600 to resolve sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) that occurred from the County’s collection system from October 2010 through March 2011.

Six Flags America, LP – Prince George’s County: On October 31, 2011, MDE finalized an administrative Settlement Agreement with Six Flags America, LP to resolve alleged unauthorized discharges of pool wastewater and chlorinated wash water. Six Flags agreed to obtain a State Discharge Permit and to pay $100,000 to the Clean Water Fund.

Allen Family Foods – Talbot County: On November 8, 2011, MDE finalized an administrative Settlement Agreement with Allen Family Foods, Inc., and Allen Harim Foods, LLC that resolves alleged water pollution violations at their wastewater treatment plant in Cordova. The parties agreed to pay $100,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged past discharge permit violations.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) – Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties: On November 15, 2011, WSSC paid a stipulated penalty of $23,437.50 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund pursuant to the terms of the EPA/MDE joint civil consent decree in resolution of sanitary sewer overflows from the WSSC sewage collection system during the third and fourth quarters of 2010.

The Park School of Baltimore – Baltimore County: On December 12, 2011, MDE and the Park School entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement resolving alleged unlawful discharges of chlorinated swimming pool water to waters of the State. The Park School agreed to pay $28,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund. 

United Container Acquisition Building Business Trust – Baltimore County: On February 1, 2012, MDE and United Container entered into an administrative Consent Order to resolve alleged unauthorized discharges and discharge permit violations. The Consent Order requires that United Container have its wastewater treatment plant evaluated by a professional engineer and propose and complete improvements that will ensure compliance. The Consent Order also requires a $10,000 penalty be paid to the Clean Water Fund.

Town of Chesapeake City – Cecil County: On February 1, 2012, MDE and Chesapeake City entered into a penalty settlement agreement in which the Town has agreed to pay $10,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve three reported unauthorized bypasses of partially treated wastewater to the C&D Canal in 2008. 

James and Christina Stone – Baltimore County: On February 2, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty seeking $15,000 to James and Christina Stone alleging that they unlawfully discharged sewage from a broken pipe under their house to a public storm drain, which discharged to Back River. The Complaint requires that the Stones repair or replace the broken pipe and/or provide written documentation from a certified plumber to the Department that the repair/replacement was performed to plumbing standards. The discharges allegedly occurred in September 2010 and from June 2011 through September 2011.

Mainlining Services, Inc. – Baltimore County: On February 2, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty seeking $66,000 to Mainlining Services, Inc. alleging water pollution violations for an unauthorized discharge of water pipe lining material to waters of the State from a site in Arbutus. The discharge allegedly entered Herbert Run Spring and caused a fish kill. The Complaint also alleges that sediment pollution and sediment control violations occurred at a site in Lutherville due to stockpiling earthen fill material and building a dirt race track without authorization from MDE. 

TDFG, Inc. (Conrad’s Crabs) – Baltimore County: On February 8, 2012, MDE entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement with the defendants for payment of $20,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged unauthorized discharges of paint to waters of the State in June, July and August 2009.  

LaFarge North America, Inc. – Baltimore County: On February 10, 2012, MDE joined the EPA and the State of Colorado in filing a civil Consent Decree in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Lafarge North America, Inc. and four of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations, including unpermitted discharges of stormwater at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, and New York. Lafarge will implement a nationwide evaluation and compliance program at 189 of its similar facilities in the United States to ensure they meet Clean Water Act requirements. Lafarge will also pay an overall penalty of $740,000 ($143,556 payable to the Maryland Clean Water Fund) and will implement two supplemental environmental projects, in which the company will complete conservation easements to protect approximately 166 acres in Maryland and Colorado. The value of the land has been appraised at approximately $2.95 million. Lafarge will also implement one State environmentally beneficial project valued at $10,000 to support environmental training for State inspectors.

Patrick Meadowcroft – Freeland, Baltimore County: On February 27, 2012, MDE entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement with Patrick Meadowcroft to resolve alleged unauthorized discharges of sewage into waters of the State from a rental property. Under the terms of the settlement, Mr. Meadowcroft is required to pay $20,000 to the Clean Water Fund.
Sawyer Reality – Baltimore County: On April 2, 2012, Sawyer Reality paid $5,000 to the Clean Water Fund to resolve an alleged unauthorized discharge of sewage from a broken sewer cap to waters of the State at the Whispering Woods Subdivision. 

Carmen Parsons and Kelly Snow – Aberdeen, Harford County: On April 4, 2012, MDE entered into a civil settlement agreement with Carmen Parsons and Kelly Snow to resolve an alleged unauthorized discharge of sewage in October 2009. The defendants are required to pay a total penalty of $7,000 to the Clean Water Fund. 

Stella Foods, Inc. – Baltimore County: On April 2, 2012, Administrative Law Judge Michael Burns ordered Stella Foods to pay $20,000 to resolve an unauthorized discharge of sewage from a failing septic system at the Stella Foods, Inc. facility in Baltimore C​ounty to waters of the State in February 2009. Under the judge’s order if Stella Foods pays $5,000 within 30 days then the remainder of the penalty will be waived.

1837 Seventh Street NW, LLC, – Hyattsville, Prince George’s County: On March 26, 2012, 1837 Seventh Street NW, LLC paid a $15,000 penalty to the Maryland Clean Water Fund to resolve an alleged unauthorized discharge of wastewater from sandblasting in September of 2009.

PCM Services, Inc. – Beltsville, Prince George’s County: On March 30, 2012, MDE and PCM Services, Inc. finalized a settlement agreement to resolve the alleged unlawful discharge of coal tar asphalt sealer to waters of the State December 2 and 3, 2010. Under the terms of settlement, PCM Services agreed to pay $25,000 to the Clean Water Fund.

 


State laws governing wetlands were developed to protect the State’s natural resources that depend on those wetlands and minimize impacts while allowing property owners reasonable use of their property. Property owners must notify MDE before conducting any work in tidal and nontidal wetlands, their buffers, and waterways of the State. MDE assesses the impact of any proposed work on tidal and nontidal wetlands and, if appropriate, will issue a permit authorizing the work as long as the necessary environmental protections are in place.


David Moss – Queen Anne’s County: On February 8, 2012, MDE and David Moss entered into an administrative Penalty Settlement agreement that includes payment of $5,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund to resolve alleged tidal wetlands violations that occurred at on Beach Road in Stevensville.

Jim’s Air Compressor, Inc. – Prince George’s County: On February 18, 2012, Jim’s Air Compressor, Inc. and MDE entered into an administrative Settlement Agreement to resolve alleged water pollution and waterway construction violations that occurred in the Upper Beaverdam Branch in Tuxedo. The Company completed an approved stream restoration project and agreed to pay $20,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund.

 

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