November 3, 2005
CECIL COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO WATER POLLUTION
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Eddie Broadway, Jr., 43, of the1400 block of E. Old Philadelphia
Elkton, Maryland has pled guilty to illegally discharging a
pollutant into the waters of the State of Maryland. The
Honorable O. Robert
Lidums of the Circuit Court for Cecil County sentenced Broadway
to six months in jail and suspended the sentence in favor of
eighteen months of supervised probation. Broadway was also
ordered to complete fifty hours of community work service.
also imposed a fine of $5,000 which he suspended. The maximum
penalty for the offense, which is a misdemeanor, is up to one
year in jail and a $25,000 fine.
The conviction results from Broadway illegally discharging
fuel oil from an underground fuel tank at 16 Westover Place,
while attempting to remove water that had gotten into the tank.
The fuel oil was pumped from the tank through a hose that emptied
into a stream that flows into the North East River.
On November 29, 2004, neighbors noticed a strong odor of fuel
and upon going outside, noticed an oily sheen in the stream that
beside their residence. The North East Fire Department was contacted
and responded along with Cecil County Emergency Services and
the Maryland Department of the Environment, Emergency Response
An oil boom was placed downstream from 16 Westover Place to collect
the oil. Samples were collected from the stream and from the
fuel tank. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Laboratory
that the stream sample and the suspected source sample were derived
from a common source of petroleum oil.
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, Emergency Response Division.