August 18, 2004
SEPTIC PUMPER JAILED 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 jailed after pleading guilty
to water pollution for dumping septage last summer in Wicomico
County. Adkins who is the owner/operator of American Septic Care,
Inc. admitted in Court that he dumped septage that he had pumped
from residential septic tanks onto Fooks Road, outside of Salisbury
on May 21, 2003.
statement of facts in support of Adkins' guilty plea detailed
that Adkins had been paid $140 - $150 by each of two Wicomico
County residents to pump their septic tanks and dispose of the
which contains high levels of fecal coliform and other harmful
bacteria, at an appropriate facility. Instead Adkins took his
truck to an isolated area of Fooks Road and dumped the human
related debris onto the street and an adjoining drainage ditch.
Drainage systems, including storm drains and ditches, are considered
waters of the State because they drain into traditional waterways.
By illegally dumping the human waste in the drainage ditch, Adkins
saved roughly $50 he would have paid the Snow Hill Waste Water
Treatment Plant to treat the waste.
Honorable Kathleen L. Beckstead of the Circuit Court for Wicomico
County sentenced Adkins to one year in jail and suspended
90 days to be served at the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Adkins was placed on one year of supervised probation upon
Judge Beckstead also imposed a $10,000 fine and suspended all
but $1,000 to be paid to the Maryland Clean Water Fund. The
maximum penalty for water pollution is a year in prison and/or
This conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by
the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney
and the Maryland State Police with the assistance of the Maryland
Department of the Environment.