Friday, December 13, 2013

Maryland Department Of The Environment Email To Me Regarding Pocomoke Investigation

Jonathan,


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.




Jay Apperson
Deputy Director, Office of Communications
Maryland Department of the Environment
410-537-3003
443-604-0091 (mobile)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Morrison is going to have to step up and do his job as Mayor of Pocomoke City and fire Russ Blake immediately.

Anonymous said...

Morrison does not have the authority to fire the City Manager. He was hired by the City Council and only the Council can remove him.

Anonymous said...

Well then the City Council needs to step up to the plate and FIRE HIM!!! Pocomoke has paid long enough for Russ's adventures over the years he's been there...its time for a new face and new direction for our city!!!

Anonymous said...

This violation carries a high fine per day of operating the spoil site

Anonymous said...

Good work gumfoot! Now this is some real investigative journalism here.

Anonymous said...

I don't think much of Russ Blake but he is one of the few people who have consistently beaten State and Federal regulators at their own game. My money is on Blake coming out on top in this pissing match.

Anonymous said...

Classic example of someone that has no clue of how government works....and yet people complain. SMH

Anonymous said...

Deals will be made, suitcases of Pocomoke City residents money will be past and at the end Russ Blake will come out of this smelling like a rose.

Anonymous said...

Could the Pocomoke River get any darker?

Anonymous said...

Low income housing on and near the waterfront destroys areas and property value so you can't have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

Preposterous!

Anonymous said...

The Pocomoke River is dark because of tannic acid from the oak and cypress trees in the swamp. The name means dark water and dates to pre-European settlement. It has nothing to do with what people put in the water. People should educate themselves before posting comments intending to incite negative reactions or insinuation of perceived wrongs wrought by humans.

Anonymous said...

Or the time a nuclear sub passed through Pocomoke at 2AM one Saturday night and no one noticed.Plenty of side and bottom clearance and totally silent.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that about the sub. People's comments on this blog get more outrageous every day.

Angry parent said...

I sat home the entire weekend and looked in the faces of my kids and wondered what kind of monster would bury raw sewage not far from where kids play knowing something like this can make young kids sick. If Russ Blake is not fire for this and the raw sewage is not removed than all I could think of is good by Pocomoke I'm leaving

Anonymous said...

LOL 7:41! You DO know that that stuff is sold to farmers to spread for fertilizer? Remember the Hudson/Waterkeepers lawsuit? What was thought to be chicken manure actually was from the OC WWTP.