NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


June 7, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BRICK WASHER CHARGED WITH WATER POLLUTION

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Daniel Joseph Layden, 54, of the 6400 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland was charged in a Criminal Information filed in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City with illegally discharging a pollutant into waters of the State of Maryland. The charge arises out of continued efforts of the Attorney Generalís Environmental Crimes Unit to combat water pollution violations resulting from lead paint removal from city building facades.

If convicted of the illegal discharge of a pollutant into waters of the State, Layden could be sentenced to a year in prison and/of fined $25,000. The filing of charges is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The charge follows a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department of Environment.

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