State Fines Locals for Environmental Violations

BALTIMORE (October 18, 2010)—The Maryland Department of the Environment recently announced several recent major enforcement actions against local individuals and companies for alleged violations of MDE requirements for water, air and radiation management, and land.

ERDMAN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES – CALVERT COUNTY: On August 27, 2010, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement requiring $53,550 to resolve alleged sediment control and pollution violations at the Calvert Medical Arts Center construction site in Prince Frederick. The alleged violations included failure to maintain erosion and sediment controls and placing sediment in a position likely to pollute waters of the State. Corrective actions have been taken to resolve the alleged violations.

JOSEPH HOOKER AND DARLA SNEADE – CALVERT COUNTY: On September 9, 2010, Joseph Hooker and Darla Sneade paid a $1,000 penalty to the Tidal Wetlands Compensation Fund to resolve alleged violations of the Tidal Wetlands Act by performing unauthorized construction of a pier platform without an approved tidal wetlands license at their property located in Owings. The alleged unauthorized structures have been removed.

COMMERCIAL RETROFITTERS & RECYCLERS, LLC – UPPER MARLBORO, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY: On September 1, 2010, MDE issued a Notice of Violation seeking $5,000 for alleged violations related to hazardous waste.

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