September 13, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GEORGES MAN SENTENCED FOR
HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATION
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.
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.
Georges 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.