March 26, 2004
BRICK WASHING COMPANY AND TWO EMPLOYEES PLEAD GUILTY TO WATER
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the guilty plea and sentencing
of New Faces, Inc., a Maryland company, located
at 921 S. Binney Street; and brothers, Sherman Knuckles, 42, and
Tommy Knuckles, 37, both of Baltimore, for violations of the State’s
Water Pollution laws.
Faces, Inc. and both Knuckles pled guilty before District Court
of Maryland for Baltimore City Judge H. Gary Bass to the charges
of unlawfully discharging a pollutant into the waters of the
to the statement of facts, on February 25, 2003, Tommy and Sherman
Knuckles, as employees of New Faces, Inc., used a high-pressure
waterpower unit to remove paint from the exterior of a house
the 500 block of South Rose Street in Highlandtown. The men failed
to properly contain the work area and allowed approximately 100
gallons of lead-laden wastewater to flow into a storm drain.
Proper containment and disposal of brick washing wastewater is
required by State law because of the risks to public health and
safety created by the dangerously high levels of lead found in
Faces, Inc. was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine to the Clean Water
Fund and placed on two-years probation. Sherman and Tommy
Knuckles were each placed on two-years probation. In the event
that they violate the terms of their probation, the Court has reserved
the right to impose the maximum sentence of one-year incarceration
and/or a fine of $25,000 fine.
incident was discovered by the Special Projects Team of the Pollution
Control Section of the Baltimore City Department of Public
Works when it responded to a citizen’s complaint about the
discharge. The cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General with the assistance
of the Baltimore City Police Department and the Baltimore City
Department of Public Works.