Anne Arundel Man Fined $10,000 for Illegal Burning


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 24, 2000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that James W. Weaverling, 32, 241 11th Street, Pasadena, President of Weaverling Enterprises, a family owned and operated trash hauling business located in Jessup, pleaded guilty to the charge of knowingly failing to obtain a permit to operate an incinerator. Anne Arundel County District Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis sentenced Weaverling to 12 months in jail, all of which she suspended, fined him $10,000, $5,000 of which she suspended, and ordered him to perform 40 hours of community service of an environmental cleanup nature.

On December 16, 1998, Lieutenant Kline of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, responded to Ballentines Way in Jessup, for the report of a debris fire at that location. When Kline arrived, he observed a fire burning inside of a make-shift incinerator, which was being used to burn scrap lumber. The fire was extinguished and a Warning Notice was issued by Kline and signed by Weaverling. Later that day, Kline responded to the site again for a similar complaint. The incinerator was again being used to burn scrap lumber. The fire was extinguished and another Warning Notice was issued by Kline.

When members of the Attorney Generalís Environmental Crimes Unit responded to the Ballentines Way site on the following day, they located three make-shift incinerators. A pile of construction and demolition debris was located next to one of the incinerators. In an interview with the Environmental Crimes Unitís Chief Investigator, Weaverling admitted to burning debris hauled to the Ballantines Way site as part of his business.

Weaverling Enterprises does not have a permit to operate an incinerator anywhere in Anne Arundel County.

"Mr. Weaverling simply chose not to adhere to the law when operating his business," General Curran said. "Laws are in place to protect citizens, as well as the environment, and Mr. Weaverling is now being punished for disregarding both."

This case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney Generalís Environmental Crimes Unit and the Maryland State Police.


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