Developer BSJ Partners LLC fined $500,000 for Dumping Untreated Sewage into Bay

Now THAT’s the way to get their attention!

from the Baltimore Sun at,0,7519456.story

Cambridge country club fined $500,000 for pollution violations

Horn’s Point accused of discharging raw sewage into Choptank wetlands

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August 11, 2011

A Cambridge country club was ordered to pay an “extraordinary penalty” of $500,000 by a Dorchester CountyCircuit Court for discharging raw sewage into wetlands along the Choptank River that eventually flow into theChesapeake Bay, according to a Thursday announcement from the state attorney general’s office.

BSJ Partners LLC, owner-operator of Clearview at Horn’s Point, formerly known as the Cambridge Country Club, was ordered to pay a $485,000 civil penalty for environmental violations, a $15,000 penalty for failing to submit discharge monitoring reports for three years; and a $500 penalty for discovery violations.

“The extraordinary penalty we secured in this case is a severe warning to anyone who would pollute our wetlands, our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in a statement. “This office will aggressively pursue and punish those who violate the law and harm the health and well-being ofMaryland‘s precious natural resources.”

Gansler’s office said that for more than two years, the owners saved $424,000 by diverting raw sewage from a failed septic system through an underground conduit it constructed into the wetlands instead of pumping and hauling the waste or connecting to a nearby municipal sewer line.

High levels of fecal coliform were found in Jenkins Creek, which feeds the Choptank River, by the Maryland Department of the Environment, impacting shellfish harvesting.

An attorney for BSJ had no comment.

About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands and the Chesapeake Bay; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 52 years to the late Kincey Burdett Potter (see President of the now-sunsetting Island Resources Foundation.
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