Baltimore County Man Pleads Guilty to
Release of a Hazardous Substance
BALTIMORE, MD (January 31, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that Timothy F. Slowik, 43, of Middle River,
pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of unlawfully
causing and contributing to the release of mercury, a hazardous
substance. Judge Robert E. Cahill, Jr., sentenced Slowik to one
year in jail, all suspended, and five years supervised probation.
The Judge also ordered Slowik to pay $22,877.21 in outstanding
On December 4, 2006, Slowik, angry about being evicted from his
residence at 2112 Oakland Road, began throwing bottles and other
objects around the basement. One of the bottles broken contained
approximately five to six pounds of mercury, which he left on the
floor throughout the night and after his eviction the following
day. Extensive environmental remediation over a nine month period
was required due to the mercury vapor contamination of the residence.
This conviction follows
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 Emergency Response
Division. In making today’s announcement, Attorney General
Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Jay Robinson for his
work on the case.