FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 15, 1999
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Environmental Crimes Unit has filed criminal charges against a Dunkirk, Maryland construction company for illegally dumping wood waste at a subdivision in Calvert County. According to charging documents, employees at Howlin Construction Company, 2880 Dunkirk Way, were observed burying the waste at the Aspen Woods subdivision on Quaking Drive in Sunderland. The waste was being dumped into a twenty-five foot deep hole, approximately fifty feet long and thirty feet wide. At the time investigators arrived, the hole was already approximately ten feet full of wood waste. According to the Waste Management Administration of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the company did not have a permit to bury anything at this location.
In addition to the charges, MDE issued a Site Complaint to Howlin, requiring the company to remove the waste from the hole and transport it to a permitted acceptance facility within five days.
Howlin Construction is charged under the Maryland Litter Control Law, which makes it unlawful to dump, deposit, throw or leave litter on any public or private property. While these charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, the maximum penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to $25,000 and/or five years in jail.
This case was investigated by the Maryland State Police assigned to the Environmental Crimes Unit.