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

October 25, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of Paul Bernard McDonald for the illegal transportation of hazardous waste from a defunct auto repair business in Elkridge, Howard County. McDonald, whose last known address was on Elrino Street in the O’Donnell Heights area of Southeast Baltimore, is not a licensed hazardous waste hauler. A co-defendant, Stanley Warren McKinney, hired McDonald to remove three drums of paint solvent waste after McKinney’s business, Elkridge Body Shop, which closed in January 1999. McDonald admitted to investigators that he dumped the drums in Leakin Park in Baltimore City in late March 1999.

The Defendant pled guilty before Howard County Circuit Court Judge James B. Dudley. McDonald was sentenced to 60 days incarceration in the Howard County Detention Center. The co-defendant, McKinney, entered a guilty plea in December 2000 and was sentenced to serve six days in jail and placed on probation for a period of one year.

"Mr. McKinney and Mr. McDonald circumvented the law by participating in the illegal transportation and dumping of hazardous waste," Attorney General Curran said. "The existing laws are in place to protect the environment, which both McKinney and McDonald harmed by their actions."

It is illegal to transport hazardous waste without being a licensed hauler and it is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste except in specially regulated facilities. The possible penalties for the illegal transportation of hazardous waste are up to five years imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine.

This conviction 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 the Environment.