AG Gansler: Pasadena Septic Firm Pleads to Water Pollution Charges
Industrial wastewater was spilled during transport to Back River treatment plant
Baltimore, MD ( April 18, 2013) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that A-1 Septic Services, Inc., a Pasadena septic waste and wastewater hauler, pleaded guilty to illegal water pollution discharges in the District Court for Baltimore County. The incident involved the spillage of industrial wastewater on the Frances Scott Key Memorial Bridge in January 2012. Judge Lawrence Daniels ordered the company to pay a $5,000 fine, suspending all but $2,500, to the Maryland Clean Water Fund. A-1 Septic Services was placed on three years unsupervised probation.
"Improving and protecting the waters of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is a campaign we must pursue on many fronts in order to be successful," said Attorney General Gansler. "We'll see progress when those responsible know that polluting these waters, by accident or design, comes with a price."
The case was investigated and pursued by Attorney General Gansler's Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU) after a unit investigator observed the spill while driving on the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge. At that time, the investigator spotted a leaking valve on a septage hauling truck owned and operated by A-1 Septic Services. The truck was transporting industrial wastewater to the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant for proper disposal.
The Owner of A-1 Septic arrived at the scene and cleaned up the spillage as directed by the investigator. There was a stormwater drain approximately 15 feet away from the spill, placing the pollutant in a position likely to pollute the waters of the State.
Attorney General Gansler reminds all citizens to report violations of illegal water discharges to the Maryland Department of the Environment at 866-MDE GO TO (866-633-4686) or, the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit at 410-537-3333.
In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General D'Arcy Talley and ECU Investigator Bill Schmidt for their work on the case.