County Septic Waste Hauler Convicted for Water Pollution Violations
MD ( March 10, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today the conviction of a Wicomico County
septic waste hauler and the company’s owner for water
pollution and regulation violations. Chip’s Septic Care,
a septage hauler, is owned and operated by Dale H. Daugherty.
Chip’s Septic Care and Daugherty were each convicted
of eight criminal counts pursuant to a plea taken in the Circuit
Court for Wicomico County on March 9, 2010. Judge Don Davis
ordered the company to pay a $2,000 fine to the Maryland Clean
Water Fund. Daugherty was given a one year suspended sentence
and placed on five years supervised probation. As a condition
of his probation, Daugherty has been ordered to pay a fine
of $8,000 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund.
The case was referred
to the Environmental Crimes Unit after Wicomico County Health
Department officials received an anonymous complaint
that Mr. Daugherty was dumping the waste that he picked up as a
septic hauler on his residential property in Tyaskin, Maryland.
Officials went to the site upon receipt of the complaint and found
the Chip’s Septic Care truck on the property with the hose
laid out and a fresh puddle of sewage at the end of the hose. Officials
found both fresh sewage and sewage that appeared to be several
years old. There were also discarded toiletry and personal hygiene
items seen on the sight. The location of dumping leads directly
into a small stream that ultimately feeds into the Wicomico River.
Testing at and near the site revealed extremely high fecal coliform
counts. When confronted by investigators from the Environmental
Crimes Unit, Daugherty admitted to dumping sewage on his property
The Office of the Attorney
General reminds all citizens to report violations of wastewater
treatment to the Maryland Department of
the Environment and/or the Attorney General’s Environmental
Crimes Unit. The Environmental Crimes Unit conducted this investigation
in conjunction with the Wicomico County Health Department, the
Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland State Police.
In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler
thanked Assistant Attorney General Michelle Barnes for her work
on the case.