Monday, January 14, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Odenton Dump Just the Tip of the Trashberg

Several new facts have come to light since Sunday's story on the plastic dump just "recently discovered" along the right-of-way for the WB&A Trail connecting the Anne Arundel County system to the trailhead in Prince George's County.

First, contrary to the claims of officials quoted in the Capital article, that the dump was only recently discovered, it has been confirmed that the existence of the site has been known for quite some time, and that steps were not taken to address it sooner.

In addition, the manner in which the current clean-up was handled, apparently without the involvement of the proper regulatory authorities, such as MDE, may prevent the County from being able to file a criminal complaint against the prior owners of the property, Piney Orchard Master Partnership, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy Group.

To make matters worse, there is now word that an adjacent property, a former sand and gravel mine, is currently home to an unknown quantity of 55-gallon drums of fluid, currently leaching into the Little Patuxent River. The property is the site of the now infamous Crofton Ventures Limited Partnership v. G & H Partnership case [pdf].

More to come....

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