August 28, 2006
CHILLUM CAR WASH CONVICTED OF WATER POLLUTION
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran announced today that
Dr. Wash Inc. a car wash located at 5902 Riggs Rd. in Chillum Maryland
was convicted of water pollution and ordered to pay a $5000 fine.
Company President and owner Kelly Smith admitted that the car wash
pumped its waste water out into the storm drain near the intersection
of Chillum and Riggs Road on the weekend of September 17-18 in
2005. A witness took pictures of the green waste water running
out of a hose coming from the business into the storm drain.
Prince George’s County District Court Judge John P. Morrissey
imposed a $10,000 fine on the company, suspended $5,000 and placed
the car wash on one year’s unsupervised probation. While
imposing the sentence the Judge said that “the Chesapeake
Bay is an important resource that has to be protected..” Following
the recommendation of the plea agreement, the Judge noted that
this seemed to be an isolated incident and admonished the defendant
to be careful not to allow this kind of discharge again.
According to the statement of facts, the discharge
occurred when Dr. Wash’s drain to the sewer became clogged
and the car wash could not get a plumber to respond. Instead
of closing the
facility the company decided to pump its waste into the storm drain.
The case was investigated by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the
Office of the Attorney General with assistance from the Maryland