Glen Burnie Man Convicted of Unlawful Possession
of Licensed Radioactive Moisture Density Gauge
BALTIMORE, MD (December 21, 2007) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that Simon E. Green, 29, of Glen Road in
Glen Burnie was sentenced to one year in jail for possession of
a licensed radioactive source without the permission of the licensee.
Anne Arundel County District Court Judge Danielle Mosley suspended
the sentence, ordered Green to pay a $500 fine and placed him on
six months probation. He was also barred from holding any radioactive
The Campbell Pacific moisture density gauge involved in this case
is used to determine the moisture density in soils at construction
sites. It contains a type of low level radioactive source that
does not pose any threat to the public health or safety, but requires
a license to operate.
The gauge was reported
missing in September, 2005 by the licensee, Specialized Engineering
located in Hanover MD. Nine months later,
Green, a former employee returned the gauge. According to Green’s
statement in open court, he received anonymous information about
the location of the gauge, kept it in a garage for two weeks and
then returned it.
These charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, the Radioactive
Materials Licensing Program of the Maryland Department of the Environment,
the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore City Police Department.