October 27, 2005
BALTIMORE CITY BRICK WASHER CHARGED WITH WATER POLLUTION
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced
today that Michael Potter,53, of the 600 block of South Monroe
Maryland has been charged in the District Court of Maryland for
Baltimore City with water pollution. The charges allege that
Potter violated the State’s water pollution laws on October
27, 2004 at 3400 Fait Avenue, Baltimore City and on May 13, 2005
at 855 ½ W. Lombard Street, Baltimore City, by illegally
discharging brick-washing waste water into storm drains.
If convicted of the illegal discharge of a pollutant into waters
of the State, Potter could be sentenced to up to one year in
prison and/or fined $25,000 on each of the two counts.
The filing of a
criminal information is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing
and each individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Trial has been set for December 9, 2005.
These charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the
Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney
General and the Baltimore
City Police Department with the assistance of the Baltimore
City Department of Public Works, Pollution Control Section.