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


November 30, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

COLUMBIA MAN INDICTED ON ILLEGAL DUMPING CHARGES

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Mickel Tomlin, of the 5400 block of Elcamino Street, in Columbia, Maryland was indicted by a Baltimore City Grand Jury on two counts of unlawfully disposing of hazardous waste and one count of discharging a pollutant into waters of the State of Maryland. Tomlin will be arraigned in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on January 3, 2002.

The indictment alleges that Tomlin illegally disposed of toxic levels of lead waste and discharged lead-laden waste water into waters of the State. If convicted of the illegal disposal of hazardous waste, Tomlin could be sentenced to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $100,000. The maximum penalty for discharging a pollutant into waters of the State is a sentence of a year in prison and/or a fine of $25,000. The filing of an indictment is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The charges follow a joint investigation by the Baltimore City Police Department, Office of the Attorney General Environmental Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland State Police. The charges are a result of the continued efforts of the Attorney Generalís Environmental Crimes Unit to combat hazardous waste and water pollution violations resulting from lead paint removal from city building facades.

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