George's County Company Convicted and Fined $50,000 for Operating
without a Permit
MD ( April 16, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today the criminal conviction of Recycled
Aggregates, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based company with a location
in Temple Hills, Maryland. The company pled guilty in the District
Court for Prince George’s County to three counts of failing
to obtain a permit and approval for rock crushing operations.
At sentencing, Judge Lawrence Hill ordered the company, as
requested, to pay a $50,000 fine.
LLC is in the business of crushing concrete, aggregate, and rocks,
with the crushed products then being sold
for commercial use. In 2008, the company received a temporary construction
permit to crush a large pile of debris that had accumulated at
the Prince George’s County location. The permit allowed Recycled
Aggregates to operate a specific crushing process using specific
equipment to reduce any air pollution effects. The permit expired
later in 2008 and was never renewed and the company did not apply
for a new permit. When the Maryland Department of Environment conducted
inspections, inspectors found that the debris pile was being crushed,
without an active permit and without approved equipment. Despite
advising management of the unpermitted activity and notifying the
company to cease operations, the inspector found the activities
on-going during subsequent inspections. As a result, the matter
was referred to the Office of Attorney General for criminal prosecution.
The Environmental Crimes
Unit of the Office of Attorney General conducted the investigation
in conjunction with 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.