A year ago, new federal regulations were issued that prohibit the dumping of almost anything -- plastic, paper, food, metal and glass -- into U.S. waters. The cost for violating the law includes a civil penalty of up to $25,000, a fine of up to $50,000 and a maximum of five years in prison.
Regulations also require skippers of recreationalboats 26 feet and larger to prominently display a 9- by 4-inch anti-pollution placard. Over the past year, thousands of boaters have obtained the placard, but many others are still unaware of the requirement.
To help boaters comply with the law, the Boat Owners Association of the United States has produced its own version of the placard, available at a subsidized cost of $1.
To obtain the waterproof, self-adhesive anti-pollution placard, send $1 to: "Save Our Seas," BOAT/U.S. Public Affairs, 880 Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304.
VA. SPRINKLER EXPANDS
Virginia Sprinkler Corp., a Richmond-based fabricator and installer of automatic fire sprinklers, will open a sales and service center in a Glen Burnie business development. The company expects to employ 15 people in its first year and hopes to increase its staff to 30 people by 1995.
GOODWILL PROVIDES JOBS
Baltimore Goodwill Industries Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation leading to employment for the people who are disabled or the poor.
The retail outlets serve as an economical shopping alternative and provided jobs for more than 400 people in the past year.
Jobs are produced since the stocking of 11 retail outlets and three specialty stores requires hundreds of workers as site attendants, sorters, store personnel and more.
Proceeds from the resale of donated materials provide money for Goodwill's vocational training and job placement programs.
Receipts are provided for income tax purposes for those who wish to donate.
County locations are 176 West St., Annapolis, 269-0037; and 7959A Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Sun Valley Center in Glen Burnie, 760-2525.
STRAP YOUR CHILD IN
Maryland State Police and the Maryland Child Passenger Safety Association remind motorists of important changes in the state's child safety seat law.
Children who weigh more than 40 pounds and are four to 10 years old must be properly restrained in a child safety seat, booster seat, safety belt-shoulder harness combination.
The booster seat may be used for children ages 4 to 7 but is not a substitute for an approved child safety seat.
If the child is one year or younger and weighs less than 20 pounds, the association recommends the seat be rear-facing.
Penalties are $25 plus court costs for each violation.
GOODWILL NEEDS CLOTHES
Baltimore Goodwill Industries' Annapolis Donation Center has an urgent need for clothing to offset a critical shortage.
The combined factors of the gulf war, the economy and hot summer have led to a dramatic decrease in many items, although clothing is needed the most.
Goodwill needs women's dresses, blouses and slacks; men's suits,slacks and shirts; and children's clothing. Other shortages include shoes, belts, handbags and jewelry.
The Annapolis Donation Center,176 West St., is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Each location is staffed with an attendant to assist with donations and provide receipts for income tax deductions.
Donors can also callto schedule a time to have bulk items picked up, such as kitchen sets and dining room or bedroom furniture.