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For Immediate Release
September 13, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

PRINCE GEORGE’S MAN SENTENCED FOR
HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATION

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Ronald Wayne Wilson, 45, whose last known address was 1716 Blount Drive, Fort Washington, was sentenced on charges of failing to file required notification with the state for using a controlled hazardous substance at his business, Capitol Plating, Inc., formerly located at 7722 Old Alexandria Ferry Road, in Clinton.

Wilson was the owner of Capitol Plating, which is no longer in business. When the company was evicted from the property on Old Alexandria Ferry Road, Wilson abandoned numerous tanks and drums containing hazardous materials left over from his electroplating business. Anyone who generates, uses or stores such materials must file a report with the Maryland Department of the Environment. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and/or a fine of $25,000.

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Femia sentenced Wilson to two years in prison. The prison term was suspended and Wilson was placed on probation for five years with the condition that he pay $15,000 in fines and restitution. Seven thousand five hundred dollars will go to the owner of the property where Wilson abandoned the materials to assist in paying for the disposal of the hazardous materials. As well, $7,500 will be paid to the State Hazardous Substance Control Fund, which is used for activities related to identifying, monitoring, and controlling the proper handling of hazardous substances.

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