October 26, 2006
PIKESVILLE MAN CONVICTED OF HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTATION
General J. Joseph Curran announced today that Mark Langrehr of
Church Lane in Pikesville, Maryland was convicted
of transporting hazardous waste without a hauler’s certificate.
Langrehr pled guilty to moving four drums of flammable organic
peroxide from a rental property he owns on Old Millford Mill Road
to a dumpster at 1221 Greenwood Road in Baltimore County. “The
state has these laws in place because transporting chemicals is
extremely dangerous, and must be done by a professional to insure
safety for all of us,” said Attorney General Curran.
Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Grason Turnbull II ordered
Langrehr to pay a $20,000 fine ($10,000 of that was then suspended),
perform 50 hours of community service, and be placed on one year
of supervised probation.
case arose after a tenant of the Old Millford Mill Road address
Maryland Department of the Environment’s Emergency
Response Division to report the drums sitting beside the house
in the driveway. The emergency responders went to the scene and
marked and photographed the drums. They also advised Mr. Langrehr’s
son that the property owner needed to hire a certified hazardous
waste hauler to dispose of the drums at an approved facility. According
to the record, on February 8, 2006 the same marked drums were discovered
next to a dumpster at 1221 Greenwood Road. Investigation led representatives
of the Environmental Crimes Unit to Mark Langrehr who acknowledged
that he had personally transported the drums in a friend’s
pick-up truck and unloaded them next to the dumpster. Samples
taken from the drums confirmed that their content was flammable
labels indicated. Langrehr was not certified to transport
the material, and the dumpster behind 1221 Greenwood Road is not
a licensed disposal facility. The drums were ultimately transported
to a licensed disposal facility by a certified hauler.
The case was investigated by the Environmental Crimes Unit of
the Office of the Attorney General with assistance from the Maryland
State Police, and the Emergency Response Division of the Maryland
Department of the Environment.