June 2, 2004
MAN INDICTED FOR SEPTAGE DUMPING
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Paul Wayne
Adkins, 60, of the 32400 block of Mount Hermon Road in Salisbury,
Wicomico County, Maryland has been indicted in the Circuit Court
for Wicomico County for water pollution and dumping offenses. The
charges allege that Adkins violated the State's water pollution
and dumping laws on May 21, 2003 by illegally discharging septage
containing human fecal waste at Fooks Road, outside of Salisbury.
Septage is the material that is removed from a septic tank when
it is pumped out.
convicted of the illegal discharge of a pollutant into waters
of the State, Adkins could be sentenced to a year in prison and/or
fined $25,000.The dumping for commercial purposes charge carries
a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a fine of $25,000.
The filing of an indictment is merely an accusation of criminal
wrongdoing and each individual is presumed innocent until proven
charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
State Police. No trial date has been set.