In response to your inquiry about possible dumping in Pocomoke City:
On December 5, 2013, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued a Site Complaint to Pocomoke City alleging violation of Maryland laws and regulations for solid waste management and sewage sludge utilization by operating an open dump, as defined under State law, at the City's wastewater treatment plant. Inspectors from the Department of the Environment observed piles of soil containing sewage sludge, concrete, asphalt and solid waste deposited at the plant. The Department has also found the City to be out of compliance with regulations for nontidal wetlands. The Department ordered the City to: stop the acceptance and disposal of solid waste at the property; remove all wastes to a permitted solid waste acceptance facility; and submit a cleanup plan to the Department by January 31, 2014. This is an open and active case, subject to possible enforcement actions that could result in the assessment of civil or administrative penalties.
As this is an open and active case, the Department does not at this time expect to issue further statements.
Deputy Director, Office of Communications
Maryland Department of the Environment