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Sanitation company owner dumped raw sewage into storm drain in Stevensville

He will be required to pay a fine to Maryland Clean Water Fund
Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 15:35:37-04

STEVENSVILLE, Md. — The owner of a sanitation company admitted to dumping raw sewage waste into a Stevensville storm drain.

According to the Maryland Attorney General, David Clazey was the owner of Safe Harbor Sanitation, a business that provided sewage pump out services to marinas on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They say Clazey was caught by a citizen dumping contents of his pump truck into a storm drain behind the businesses at 200 Kent Landing in Stevensville. When Clazey left the area of the dumping, the citizen contacted police.

“Mr. Clazey’s illegal dumping created an environmental hazard,” said Attorney General Frosh. “His illegal activity was a threat to the Chesapeake Bay and the health of the community. We are grateful to all citizens who take the initiative to report environmental violations.”

During an investigation into the incident, authorities learned that Clazey no longer held a septage hauler’s license in Queen Anne’s County, which meant he wasn't able to properly dispose of sewage at the different county-owned waste water treatment plants.

Clazey admitted to discharging the contents in the drain and has since closed his sewage business. He was ordered three years of probation before judgment and fined $10,000.