Baltimore City Man Ordered to Spend Two Weeks 'Cleaning Up' for Illegally Dumping Lead Paint Contaminated Water

August 11, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Baltimore City man has been ordered to perform 80 hours of community service of an environmental cleanup nature as part of his sentence for illegally discharging lead paint contaminated wash water into a sanitary sewer at 2406 Foster Avenue in Baltimore City. Today, in Baltimore City District Court, Judge Askew Gatewood sentenced Robert Glenn Henninger, 36, of Baltimore City, to a six month suspended jail term and one year supervised probation. Henninger pleaded guilty to Water Pollution.

According to the Application for Statement of Charges, on January 27, 1998, Henninger, along with two laborers, were seen removing lead paint from the exterior brick facade of a townhouse at 2406 Foster Avenue in Baltimore City. Henninger was seen collecting the paint stripping waste in five (5) gallon buckets while one of the laborers, at Mr. Henningerís direction, dumped six (6) buckets of the paint laden waste water into an interior sanitary sewer drain pipe that was temporarily left open by a plumbing contractor.

When interviewed by investigators with the Attorney Generalís Environmental Crimes Unit, Henninger admitted dumping two buckets of the wastewater into the sewer drain. Also, a sample of the drummed waste was taken and was found to contain lead.

"Lead paint waste is dangerous and must be disposed of with the utmost care," said Attorney General Curran. "The city sewer system is not a depository for unwanted waste -- especially toxic waste."

This case was investigated by the Attorney Generalís Environmental Crimes Unit.

For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357