August 28, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CLEANING OPERATOR SENTENCED FOR
WATER POLLUTION VIOLATION
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced the guilty plea and sentencing
of Bryon Lee Alsop, 71, owner of Norge Village Laundry and Dry Cleaning
at 909 ½ Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, of a water pollution violation.
appeared before the Honorable Joseph P. Manck in the Circuit Court
for Anne Arundel County and admitted to Discharging a Pollutant
into the Waters of the State on October 30,2001. The Defendant admitted
discharging over 15 gallons of tetrachloroethylene, commonly known
as "perc"- a dry cleaning chemical, near a storm drain
on the parking lot immediately adjacent to his business. As a result
of the unlawful discharge, a large area of the parking lot was closed
while emergency personnel from the Maryland Department of the Environment
and Office of the Attorney General, as well as the Annapolis and
Anne Arundel County Fire Departments responded to the scene.
is a criminal violation to discharge a pollutant into the waters
of the State or to place a pollutant in a location where it is likely
was placed on a period of one year's probation and ordered to pay
a fine of $15,000 to the Maryland Department of the Environment
Clean Water Fund. In the event that Alsop violates the terms of
his probation, the Court has reserved the right to impose the maximum
sentence of one year's incarceration and a $25,000 fine.
who has no prior criminal record, is selling his business.