November 16, 2004
CITY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE VIOLATION NETS JAIL TERM
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
the conviction of Carl Adkins, 44, of the 1300 block of Towson
Street, Baltimore City, on one count of unlawful storage of a controlled
Adkins pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City to
the charge of unlawfully storing a hazardous substance. According
to the statement of facts, from June 2001 through October 2003,
Adkins, a Baltimore City brick-washer, accumulated at least 39
drums of brick-washing wastewater. Instead of properly disposing
of the collected wastewater, Adkins illegally stored the drums
in a garage located at 1200 Ward Street in Baltimore City. Many
of the drums were tested and determined to have hazardous levels
of lead toxicity. Despite being ordered to properly dispose of
the drums, Adkins failed to do so.
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 the wastewater. In
May 2004, the Maryland Department of the Environment facilitated
the proper disposal of the hazardous waste in the drums.
Honorable Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced Adkins to 5 years
in jail with all but 90 days suspended and placed him on three
years of supervised probation with substance abuse counseling.
Judge Schwait allowed Adkins to serve the 90 days incarceration
in home detention.
This case was 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 Special Projects
Team of the Pollution Control Section of the Baltimore City Department
of Public Works.