March 24, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GEORGES COUNTY PRINTING COMPANY
CONVICTED OF WATER POLLUTION
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of
Corporate Press, Inc. for unlawfully discharging a pollutant into
waters of the State of Maryland. Corporate Press, Inc., of 403 Brightseat
Road in Landover, pled guilty before the Honorable Dwight D. Jackson
in the Circuit Court for Prince Georges County.
March 11, 2002, the Prince Georges County Fire Department
responded to a complaint that an industrial solvent was being washed
into a storm drain at Corporate Press, Inc.s Landover printing
plant. According to the facts presented before the court, plant
employees discovered that a storage tank leaked while the plant
was closed and approximately 100 to150 gallons of the solvent in
the tank discharged inside the plant. Initial attempts to contain
the solvent, which is used to clean ink off printing presses, were
unsuccessful. Plant supervisors then directed that the solvent be
washed out of the building.
Fire Department personnel arrived they observed a Corporate Press
employee, later identified as the shift supervisor, washing down
a loading dock at the business. They followed the trail of liquid
from the storage tank down the loading dock and across the parking
lot to a nearby storm drain. Fire Department personnel placed booms
at the storm drain to prevent additional pollutants from entering
the drain. Storm drains are waters of the State, and it is illegal
to allow any pollutant to flow into any waters of the State.
Fire Department notified the Maryland Department of the Environments
Emergency Response Division, which responded to the plant, and in
turn notified the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Attorney Generals
Office. Maryland State Police detectives assigned to the Environmental
Crimes Unit investigated the case.
Jackson imposed a fine of $20,000 on Corporate Press. The maximum
penalty for water pollution is one year in jail and/or a fine of
up to $25,000.
actions of Corporate Press showed a total disregard for Marylands
environmental laws and for the nearby waters," Attorney General
Curran said. "The $20,000 fine should help serve as a reminder
to the company and warning to others that such actions are illegal