June 27, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
ILLEGALLY DUMPING WASTEWATER
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Mickel Tomlin,
44, of the 2300 block of Hollins Street, Baltimore, was sentenced
as a result of being found guilty of one count of unlawful disposal
of hazardous waste. Tomlin pled guilty to dumping brick washing
wastewater in the 1300 block of North Calhoun Street in West Baltimore
on November 9, 2000. Tomlin was hired to wash the front of a neighborhood
house and in the process generated wastewater that contained illegal
levels of lead. Some of the wastewater collected at the jobsite
was dumped on a vacant lot nearby.
City Circuit Court Judge William D. Quarles placed Tomlin on two
years of supervised probation and ordered him to complete 100 hours
of community service work. If Tomlin fails to complete the work
service or violates the terms of his probation, the court has reserved
the right to impose a sentence of up to the statutory maximum of
five years in jail.
lead-laden wastewater that was dumped at the West Baltimore site
posed a threat to the environment and to the people who live in
that area," Attorney General Curran said. "The laws exist
to protect citizens from hazardous conditions caused by the wreckless
dumping of lead wastewater and other toxins, and we intend to fully
enforce those laws."
charges follow a joint investigation by the Baltimore City Police
Department and the Office of the Attorney General's Environmental
Crimes Unit, with assistance of the Baltimore City Department of
Public Works' Pollution Control Section. The conviction is a result
of the continued efforts of the Attorney General's Environmental
Crimes Unit to combat hazardous waste and water pollution violations
resulting from paint removal from city building facades.