April 29, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CLEANING OPERATOR INDICTED FOR UNLAWFUL DISPOSAL OF CONTROLLED HAZARDOUS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the indictment of
Byron Lee Alsop, of 609 ½ Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, on one
count of the unlawful disposal of a controlled hazardous substance.
is the owner-operator of Norge Village Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaning
in Annapolis. On October 30, 2001 Mr. Alsop allegedly disposed of
approximately 16 gallons of tetrachloroethylene, a controlled hazardous
substance, into the parking lot immediately adjacent to his place
of business. Tetrachloroethylene is a chemical used in dry cleaning
and mechanical parts de-greasing and can only be lawfully disposed
of at a controlled hazardous substance facility.
from the local fire department as well as a team from the Maryland
Department of the Environment responded to the scene and secured
the entire parking lot. The laundry had to be evacuated for a period
of time and individuals who had their automobiles parked in the
parking lot were unable to retrieve them until the waste was safely
removed. Fumes from the chemical, which can cause dizziness and
a burning sensation in the eyes, were reportedly present in the
individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt. If convicted Alsop could be sentenced to five years incarceration
and a fine of up to $100,000.