SEDIMENT CONTROL VIOLATIONS FINE $1K
, Sediment Control Violations Fine bill is to tighten the county’s
enforcement of regulations aimed at preventing the discharge of sediment pollution from
construction sites. The bill would increase the fine for violations from $500 for an
initial offense and $750 for subsequent offenses to $1,000 for any offense, the largest
fine allowed under Maryland’s policy for enforcing such controls. The $500
maximum fine has not been increased since 1992, and in these two decades there has been a
decline in water quality locally and throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. In
addition, during this period the annual number of observed violations of the county’s
sediment regulations, the number of stop work orders issued, and the level of citations
given out have fluctuated somewhat, but on the average stayed about the same, regardless — it appears — of the number of inspectors and the state of the economy.
■ County Council held hearing on bill 18 January 2011.
VIEW INTRODUCED BILL
■ Council approved on 15 February 2011, setting the maximum penalty at
$1,000 for an initial or repeat offense.