October 28, 2004
COUNTY DEMOLITION LEADS TO WATER POLLUTION CHARGES
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Restoration
East, LLC, a Maryland company, located in the 4200 block of East
Chase Street in Baltimore City, and Louis John Helmacy, 43, of
Cedar Avenue in Towson, Maryland, were both charged in the Circuit
Court for Montgomery County with water pollution violations. Helmacy
is one of the owners of Restoration East.
charges allege that Restoration East and Helmacy engaged in the
hydrodemolition of a concrete floor in a parking garage located
in the 8400 block Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The hydrodemolition project involved demolishing the concrete
with high-pressured water, which produced a slurry-like wastewater
containing pulverized concrete.
charges allege that Restoration East and Helmacy violated the
State's water pollution laws, from June 1, 2003 through June
2003, by failing to obtain a permit prior to discharging the
wastewater and by intermittently discharging the wastewater
into waters of
maximum penalty for discharging pollution without a permit is
1 year imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine. The maximum penalty
for discharging pollution into the waters of the State is
year imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine.
The filing of charges is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing
and anyone charged is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, the Maryland
State Police Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Park Police.
trial date has been set for January 13, 2005 in Montgomery County.