Department of Environment Issues Enforcement Actions

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

BALTIMORE, MD (October 9, 2013) – The Maryland Department of the Environment today announced major enforcement actions in recent months for alleged violations of State and federal environmental laws to protect public health and our land, air, water and wetlands resources.

“The Maryland Department of the Environment's top priority is to protect public health and our environment. A consistent baseline of enforcement action 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 our 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 for 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:

 

John J. Kalendek – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On July 16, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Donald Copes – Fruitland, Pittsville and Salisbury, Wicomico County:  15 affected properties – On July 16, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $45,000 for alleged violations.

900 Ontario Street, LLC – Havre de Grace, Harford County:  1 affected property – On July 18, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Jeffrey Yorke & Lynn Yorke – Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Hyattsville, Landover and Riverdale, Prince George’s County:  6 affected properties – On July 18, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

Williamsville Properties Holding, LLC – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On July 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

Huber Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  10 affected properties – On July 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Valentino Troiani, Jr. – Aberdeen, Harford County and Elkton, Cecil County:  2 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Qui Van Tran – Baltimore City:  7 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

William Wallace and Yolanda Wallace – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

James Pikounis and Kalliope Pikounis – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.

Alarcon Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

Derry L. Williams – Baltimore City:  15 affected properties – On July 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

Nathan Baugher – Taneytown, New Windsor and Westminster, Carroll County:  7 affected properties – On July 25, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $36,000 for alleged violations.

Julio Gonzales, Sr. – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On July 31, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Gilbert L. Williamson – Havre de Grace, Harford County:  2 affected properties – On August 5, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

Land’s End, LLC – Chestertown, Kent County:  2 affected properties – On August 5, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

C D & M Real Estate Investments, LLC – Baltimore City:  12 affected properties – On August 5, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.

Mark C. Bergstrom and Melissa G. Bergstrom – Accident & Oakland, Garrett County:  4 affected properties – On August 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

Jimmy Akanbi Bello – Baltimore City:  9 affected properties – On August 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.

Park Plaza Properties, LLC – Hagerstown, Washington County:  1 affected property – On August 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $38,500 for alleged violations.

Ifedayo Ojifinni – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties – On August 9, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Hyacinth Ezeka and Rose Ezeka – Baltimore City:  13 affected properties – On July 19, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,000.

Jennifer Walkup Misero and Michael Walkup – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  1 affected property – On July 23, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,000.

Taje Monbo – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Harbor House Builders, LLC – Baltimore City:  23 affected properties – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000 for alleged violations.

Kenneth M. King and Sheila A. King – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.

David E. Higgs and Susan E. Higgs – Templeville, Caroline County:  1 affected property – On August 19, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000 for alleged violations.

Stanley Rosenfeld – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties – On August 22, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

Marc Wayner – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On August 22, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.

Martin J. Molohon – Smithsburg, Washington County:  2 affected properties – On August 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000 for alleged violations.

Peggy Evans – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On August 23, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Margaret Lyburn and Roger Lyburn – Cumberland, Allegany County:  1 affected property – On August 26, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

XL, Inc. – Baltimore City:  5 affective properties – On August 28, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.

American Equity Holdings Operations, LLC – Baltimore City:  12 affected properties – On August 28, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $50,000 for alleged violations.

Josef Grewe – Hagerstown, Washington County:  14 affected properties – On August 28, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.

Allen W. Kirtscher, III – Havre de Grace, Harford County:  2 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.

Eugenie Bailey – Baltimore City:  9 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.

John D. Taylor – Baltimore City:  5 affective properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $40,000 for alleged violations.

Grantley P. Fletcher – Baltimore City:  1 affected property – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Compliant, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.

Maxine Carthens and Marlon Richardson – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combine $27,500 for alleged violations.

Cheng Kui You – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $11,000 for alleged violations.

PG Properties 3, LLC – Salisbury, Wicomico County:  4 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $13,500 for alleged violations.

Catherine Brady and John Brady – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s law and seeking a combined $22,500 for alleged violations.

William V. Gwynn, Jr. – Baltimore City:  3 affective properties – On September 13, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $21,500 for alleged violations.

Joana Rosario – Baltimore City:  6 affective properties – On September 13, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $55,000 for alleged violations.

Cecil F. Hill, Sr., Kathyrn S. Hill, Hill Property, Inc. and KSH Properties, LLC – Havre de Grace, Harford County:  17 affected properties – On August 26, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $45,000.

Goldbert Investments, Inc. – Frostburg, Allegany County:  1 affected property – On September 6, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000.

Antonio Koregay – Baltimore City:  3 affected properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $5,000.

HP Bennett, LLC, 924 South Decker Avenue, LLC, MAH Painting Inc., 847-855 Reinhardt, LLC, 4205 Granada Avenue, LLC and Blackpool Enterprises, LLC – Baltimore City:  19 affective properties – On September 6, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,000.

 

 

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.

Independent Can Company – Belcamp, Harford County:  On July 24, 2013, MDE issued a Notice of Violation requiring compliance with Maryland’s hazardous waste laws and seeking $9,000 for alleged violations.

 

 

Mining

The Mining Program regulates all surface coal and non-coal mining in the State and the surface effects from deep mining of coal. The purpose of mining permits is to minimize the effects of sediment and other pollution from surface mining. In addition to environmental controls, the permit provides for proper land reclamation and ensures public safety.

St. Charles Community, LLC – Waldorf, Charles County:  On May 21, 2013, MDE issued a Notice of Violation requiring compliance with Maryland’s Surface Mine Permit laws and seeking $10,000 for alleged violations.

Classic Group, LLC – Bethesda, Montgomery County:  On June 4, 2013, MDE issued a Notice of Violation requiring compliance with Maryland’s Surface Mine Permit laws and seeking $10,000 for alleged violations.

Soil Safe, Inc. – Brandywine, Prince George’s County:  On August 5, 2013, MDE issued a Notice of Violation requiring compliance with Maryland’s surface mining law and seeking $15,000 for alleged violations.

Merrick Farm, LLC – Chestertown, Kent County:  On September 11, 2013, MDE issued a Notice of Violation requiring compliance with Maryland’s surface mining law and seeking $20,000 for alleged violations.

 

Oil Control

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.

John R. Pasquinelli, d/b/a J.C. Discount Tire, John R. Pasquinelli Enterprises, Inc. and Rene A. Pasquinelli – Edgewood, Harford County:  On August 28, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s UST law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $15,000.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Middle River Aircraft Systems – Baltimore County: On May 15, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS) to address alleged violations of air pollution requirements. MRAS operates an aerospace parts manufacturing plant. MRAS allegedly violated air quality regulations controlling VOC emissions by failing to properly cover containers containing VOC-bearing materials. MRAS has since returned to compliance. The Settlement Agreement requires MRAS to install two electric vehicle charging stations in Baltimore with a total worth of at least $60,000.

BP Products – Anne Arundel County: On July 22, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with BP Products to address alleged violations of air pollution requirements. BP owns and operates a bulk gasoline storage and transfer facility. BP allegedly violated air quality regulations controlling VOC emissions by failing to properly operate its air pollution control device. BP has since returned to compliance. The Settlement Agreement requires BP to pay a penalty of $40,000 to address the violations.
 

 

Radiation Machines Division

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

Dwight L. Berry, D.D.S. – Anne Arundel County: On May 20, 2013, the Department issued a Complaint, Order, and Administrative Penalty to Dwight L. Berry, D.D.S., in the amount of $8,000 for alleged radiation machine violations.

Dedicated Imaging of Baltimore, LLC – Howard County: On July 11, 2013, the Department issued a Complaint, Stop Work Order, Corrective Order, and Administrative Penalty to Dedicated Imaging of Baltimore, LLC in the amount of $10,000 for the alleged failure to certify its radiation machines.

Bruce A. Wenzel, D.P.M. - Charles County: On August 23, 2013, the Department issued a Complaint, Stop Work Order, Corrective Order, and Administrative Penalty in the amount of $10,000 for alleged radiation machine violations.

 

Radioactive Materials Licensing and Compliance Division

 

The following actions are in response to violations of Maryland regulations for the control of ionizing radiation from possession and use of radioactive material.

CDL Nuclear Technologies, Inc. – Wexford, Pennsylvania: On July 18, 2013, the Department issued a Complaint and Administrative Penalty to CDL Nuclear Technologies, Inc., which worked in Maryland under a reciprocal license, for alleged radioactive materials violations. The Complaint was resolved by payment of a $10,000 penalty.

Triad Isotopes, Inc. – Prince George’s County: On July 30, 2013, the Department issued a Complaint and Administrative Penalty to Triad Isotopes, Beltsville, Maryland, in the amount of $6,050 for alleged radioactive materials violations.

 

 

 

Water Pollution Enforcement Actions

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. 

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. 

Earth disturbances that exceed one acre are required to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Storm water 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 laws require that property owners notify MDE before conducting any work in tidal and nontidal wetlands, their buffers, and waterways of the State.  MDE assesses the impact of any work on tidal and nontidal wetlands and, if appropriate, will issue a permit authorizing the work.  The regulations 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. 

GFG Builders, Inc.  Calvert County: On September 9, 2013 MDE issued a Settlement Agreement to GFG Builders, Inc. to resolve alleged violations involving a failure to maintain erosion and sediment controls in accordance with an approved plan, which placed sediment in a position likely to pollute waters of the State. The alleged violations occurred at the College of Southern Maryland between November 20, 2012, and April 26, 2013. The Settlement Agreement assesses a penalty of $60,000. The site is now in compliance.

Schofield Well Drilling, Inc.  St. Mary’s County: On September 6, 2013 MDE issued a Settlement Agreement to Schofield Well Drilling, Inc. to resolve alleged violations involving a failure to maintain erosion and sediment controls in accordance with an approved plan, which placed sediment in a position likely to pollute waters of the State. The alleged violations occurred May 23, 2011, in Lexington Park. The Settlement Agreement assesses a penalty of $5,000.The site is now in compliance.

Greenland Beach Yacht Basin, Inc. – Anne Arundel County: On September 6, 2013 MDE issued an Administrative Complaint and Penalty against Greenland Beach Yacht Basin, Inc., alleging violations that involved operating the Stoney Creek Bridge Marina without obtaining a General Permit for Discharges from Marinas. The Administrative Complaint seeks a penalty of $17,550.

Nichols Contracting, Inc. – Anne Arundel County:  On August 27, 2013, Nichols Contracting, Inc. paid $8,000 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged violations regarding the failure to implement and maintain the approved erosion and sediment control plan and failing to maintain the General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity logbook accurately for the Fort Meade Behavioral Health Clinic Modular Trailers Project. 

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company  Wicomico County: On August 8, 2013, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company paid $5,000 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged sediment control violations which involved allowing sediment to be placed in a condition likely to be washed intoWaters of the State. The alleged violation occurred on May 15, 2013, at Bennett Middle School.

John C. Grimberg Co., Inc. – Anne Arundel County:  On July 10, 2013, John C. Grimberg Co., Inc. paid $5,000 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged violations that involved earth disturbance and construction activities that occurred outside the approved limits of disturbance, failure to implement the approved sequence of construction and failure to implement and maintain the approved erosion and sediment controls at the Fort Meade–AWG Indoor Firing Range project.

4020 North Point, LLC – Baltimore County:  On July 29, 2013 4020 North Point, LLC paid $7,100 to the Clean Water Fund to settle the alleged violation that the NPDES General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity logbook was not maintained from January 1, 2013, through May 10, 2013, at the 4020 North Point, LLC project site in Dundalk. 

Ball Road, LLC – Calvert County:  On July 25, 2013 Ball Road, LLC paid $5,900 to the Clean Water Fund to settle the alleged violations that the NPDES General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity permit and logbook was not properly maintained for various weeks from April 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011, at the Calvert Crossing Subdivision site in Port Republic.

Carroll County Bureau of Resource Management/Kibler Construction Company, Inc. – Carroll County:   On July 9, 2013, MDE, Carroll County and Kibler Construction Company, Inc. executed a Consent Order and Penalty to resolve alleged Nontidal Wetland violations that occurred at the Westminster High School stormwater management facility construction project. The settlement agreement requires the restoration of nontidal wetlands and buffers and payment of $7,000 to the Department’s Nontidal Wetland Compensation Fund.  A recent inspection confirmed that unauthorized fill materials have been removed and the area restored. The penalty has been paid.

Guyer Brothers Inc. – Frederick County:  On July 9, 2013, Guyer Brothers Inc., paid $7,000 to the Clean Water Fund to settle alleged sediment control and NPDES Construction Permit violations that occurred at the Frederick County Landfill Leachate Sewer construction project. The violations were corrected.

Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility – Anne Arundel County: On June 21, 2013, Anne Arundel County entered into a Consent Agreement with MDE to extend the Permit schedule for Enhanced Nutrient Removal upgrade to the Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) prior to becoming non-compliant for failure to meet the schedule. The Consent Agreement requires the County to submit a new schedule for upgrades to the WRF. The Agreement includes an administrative penalty of $5,000 that will be held in abeyance pending compliance with the new schedule.  The Agreement also includes stipulated penalties for future violations.  

Nason Construction Company, Inc. – Wicomico County:  On July 12, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement with Nason Construction Company Inc. to resolve alleged sediment pollution, sediment control and water pollution violations that occurred from August 2011 through March 2012 at the Salisbury Readiness Center in Salisbury. On July 8, 2013, Nason paid $10,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund. 

Roy Kaufmann and David Ketter Property – Anne Arundel County: On August 5, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty to Roy Kaufmann and David Ketter alleging sediment control, water pollution and tidal wetlands violations for the unauthorized filling of a tidal wetland, the construction of a wood platform connected to an existing pier without a permit and the installation of three mooring piles without a permit. MDE assessed a penalty of $27,280 and requires the owners to remove any unauthorized structures.

Hog Neck Golf Course  Talbot County: On July 9, 2013, the Talbot County Park Board entered into a Settlement Agreement with MDE to resolve alleged effluent limitation violations and unauthorized discharges of pollutants spray irrigated into buffer zones required under the groundwater discharge permit issued to the Hog Neck Golf Course. MDE alleges that the Golf Course also discharged pollutants to a small stream without authorization.  The Settlement Agreement includes a $15,000 administrative penalty.

 

 

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