City firm faces water pollution charges

Work on parking garage in Montgomery is at issue

Trial scheduled for January

October 29, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Maryland attorney general's office announced yesterday that it has charged a Baltimore company with water pollution violations for work it performed in a Montgomery County parking garage.

Prosecutors said the charges were filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court against Restoration East LLC, a company in the 4200 block of E. Chase St., and one of the company's owners, Louis John Helmacy, 43, of Cedar Avenue in Towson.

Restoration East and Helmacy were working on the hydro-demolition of a concrete floor in a parking garage in the 8400 block of Georgia Ave. in Montgomery County, according to the attorney general's office. The work involved "demolishing the concrete floor with high-pressured water, which produced a slurry-like wastewater containing pulverized concrete," prosecutors said in a statement.

Between June 1 and June 10 last year, the company failed to obtain a permit before discharging the water, according to the charges, and some of the wastewater was discharged into state waters.

Prosecutors say that the maximum penalty is one year in prison and a $25,000 fine for discharging pollution without a permit, and that the same maximum penalty applies for discharging pollution into the state's waters.

A trial has been scheduled for Jan. 13, prosecutors said.

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