Frederick County Company Charged with Illegal Discharge
of Oil and Failure to Report Discharge to Authorities
BALTIMORE, MD (May 17, 2007) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Tri-Con USA, Inc. of 1192 Schaffer
Drive in Frederick has been charged in the Circuit Court for Frederick
County with illegally discharging oil in an area likely to pollute
waters of the state and failing to report the discharge of oil.
The charges allege
that Tri-Con USA, Inc. violated the State’s
Water Pollution laws on August 18, 2006, by illegally discharging
fuel oil at 6724 Jefferson Blvd., Braddock Heights, in Frederick
County and by failing to report the incident immediately to the
Maryland Department of the Environment.
If convicted of the charges, Tri-Con USA, Inc. could face a fine
of $50,000 for each charge. The filing of charges is merely an
accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual is presumed
innocent until proven guilty.
These charges follow
an investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit of
the Office of the Attorney General with the assistance
of the Maryland Department of Environment’s Waste Management
Administration’s Oil Control Program. In making today’s
announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney
General Jay Robinson for his work on the case.