September 27, 2005
CAROLINE COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF HAZARDOUS WASTE
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced
today that George A. Foy, 63, of Harrington Road, Greensboro,
has been convicted
of illegally transporting for disposal hazardous waste in Caroline
County. Circuit Court Judge Karen A. Murphy Jensen of the Circuit
Court for Caroline County sentenced Foy to two and a half years
in jail and suspended the sentence in favor of two years of supervised
probation. Foy was also ordered to complete one hundred hours
of community work service and pay $2,120.00 restitution
emergency response containment costs. Judge Murphy Jensen emphasized
that Foy’s community service should be directed toward
work that cleans up the environment. The maximum penalty for
which is a felony, is up to five years in jail and a $100,000
The conviction results from Foy transporting fourteen fifty-five
gallon drums from a commercial property in Sudlersville, Maryland
and then disposing of the drums at locations in the Greensboro
area of Caroline County. Several of the drums contained a baking
varnish used in the manufacture of electronic circuit boards.
The waste had a strong solvent odor and a tacky, glue-like consistency.
Samples were determined by the State Department of Health and
Hygiene Laboratory to be controlled hazardous waste.
Dumped drums began appearing in the area in early May 2004: first
on the west side of Cherry Lane near the Tuckahoe State Park
campsite entrance, and later off of Stevenson Road and Ninetown
were able to use markings on some of the drums to track down
the manufacturer, which led them to Sudlersville and eventually
Foy. The investigation revealed that Foy was hired to remove
and dispose of the drums and other debris.
The conviction follows an 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
the Environment’s Waste Management Administration and Emergency
Response Division. This investigation is ongoing.