Beltsville company is convicted of illegal dumping in Columbia

February 13, 1997|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A Beltsville paving company was found guilty yesterday in Howard District Court of endangering the environment by illegally dumping into a storm drain in east Columbia.

Cylos Inc. was convicted of water pollution by District Judge James N. Vaughan. The company was ordered to reimburse the state $450 -- funds required for cleanup after an employee dumped a bucket of fuel oil mixed with an asphalt byproduct into the drain in July.

The company also must pay a $430 fine to the state Clean Water Fund, said Assistant Attorney General Bernard A. Penner.

"You don't want this stuff in the water," Penner said.

Officials at Cylos did not return a telephone message left yesterday on an answering machine.

Cylos employees were doing repair work July 3 on the parking lot of Arbitron Inc. off Broken Land Parkway in Columbia's Owen Brown village. The next day, Arbitron employees called the state Department of the Environment to report powerful odors coming from the storm drain, Penner said.

Later, Maryland State Police reviewed Arbitron's footage shot by outdoor security cameras and witnessed a Cylos employee dumping the bucket into the storm drain, according to a statement from the attorney general.

Penner said this is the first time Cylos has been convicted of an environmental offense.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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