April 19, 2005
ANNE ARUNDEL MAN CHARGED IN FUEL OIL DUMPING
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Paolo
Francesco Assante, 56, of the 500 block of Francis Nicholson
Way in Annapolis, Maryland has been charged in the Circuit
Court for Anne Arundel County for fuel oil dumping offenses.
allege that Assante violated the State's water pollution laws
on August 16, 2004 by illegally discharging fuel oil into waters
of the State and illegally discharging a pollutant into waters
of the State in Anne Arundel County. Assante is alleged to
have discharged fuel oil to a storm drain at 609 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis. Storm drains are by law considered waters of the
State of Maryland.
If convicted of the illegal discharge of fuel oil into waters
of the State, Assante could be sentenced to a year in prison
fined $50,000. If convicted of the illegal discharge of any pollutant
into waters of the State, Assante could be sentenced to a year
in prison and/or fined $25,000. The filing of charges is merely
an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual is presumed
innocent until proven guilty.
These charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
State Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department of
Environment's Emergency Response Division.
Arraignment has been set for April 25th in Annapolis.