American Contractors, Inc. Of Hyattsville, Md. Fined For Illegally Disposing Solid-Waste, Sediment Run-Off

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) - A Hyattsville based company plead guilty to illegally disposing solid waste and performing construction without controlling sediment run-off, said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in a press release.

American Contractors, Inc. was contracted by the property's owner son after posting an ad on Craigslist offering free fill dirt but what they got was something else, the release said.

"Investigators found truckloads of solid waste consisting of construction and demolition debris, mattresses, pipes, toilet fixtures and other debris dumped on the property," Gansler said in the release. "In addition, the land had been disturbed without obtaining an approved sediment control plan."

The investigation began when the Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning received a complaint of illegal dumping. The information was then forwarded to the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

American Contractors, Inc. has been placed on probation for five years and will need to pay $14,290 in restitution to the property owner for the cost of cleaning up the dumped waste. It will also need to pay an imposed fine of $30,000 with $10,000 of the total suspended, the press release stated.

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