BALTIMORE (June 9, 2009) On June 9 the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced 80 recent enforcement actions seeking penalties totaling $576,023 for alleged violations of MDE requirements for water, waste, and air and radiation management. Seven of those actions were against businesses or individuals in southern Maryland.
Water Pollution Enforcement Actions
Mt. Tirzah LTD Partnership, Newburg, Charles County: MDE executed a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order on April 27, 2009 for alleged violations for filling tidal waters and wetlands without authorization at the property. It included the payment of a $5,400 penalty to the Tidal Wetlands Compensation Fund, restoration work to remove unauthorized fill from tidal wetlands, and established compliance deadlines.
Steuart-Kret Development Company t/a Steuart-Kret Homes, Lexington Park, St. Marys County: On May 1, 2009, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty for alleged failure to implement and maintain an approved erosion and sediment control plan and an alleged violation of the NPDES General Stormwater Discharge Permit Associated with Construction Activity and that resulted in sediment pollution of Jarboesville Run.
Air Pollution Enforcement Actions
The Anderson Company Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County: On April 27, 2009, MDE issued a Proposed Penalty seeking $35,000 for alleged violations that the company installed and operated a crushing plant without first obtaining the required air quality permits, failed to take appropriate measures to control dust, and created an air quality nuisance.
Radiation Enforcement Actions
Hertz & Idol, D.P.M. Prince Frederick, Calvert County: On April 17, 2009, MDE reached agreement to settle alleged violations for $250.
Steven D. Younger Waldorf, Charles County: On April 30, 2009, MDE reached agreement to settle alleged violations for $1,000.
Silberman & Sheffler, P.A. Prince Frederick, Calvert County: On May 1, 2009, MDE reached agreement to settle alleged violations for $3,868.
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry Upper Marlboro, Prince Georges County: On May 5, 2009, MDE reached agreement to settle alleged violations for $2,000.