BALTIMORE — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Monday, Aug. 19, that David C. Clazey, 53, of Berlin, pleaded guilty in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court to the illegal discharge of a pollutant to waters of the state.
Clazey previously operated a business, Safe Harbor Sanitation in Rock Hall, which provided sewage pump out services to marinas on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. On Oct. 26, 2018, a citizen observed Clazey discharging the contents of his pump truck into a storm drain behind the businesses at 200 Kent Landing in Stevensville. After Clazey left, the citizen called the police.
Clazey ultimately admitted to discharging raw sewage into the storm drain, according to court records. Investigation revealed that Clazey no longer held a septage hauler’s license in Queen Anne’s County, or any surrounding county, therefore, he was unable to properly dispose of sewage at the various county-owned waste water treatment plants. Clazey has since closed his sewage business, Frosh said in a statement.
Clazey pleaded guilty July 26 before the Honorable Judge J. Frederick Price, who ordered three years of supervised probation before judgment for Clazey and imposed a fine of $10,000, suspending all but $2,000 to be paid to the Maryland Clean Water Fund.
“Mr. Clazey’s illegal dumping created an environmental hazard,” said 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.”
Frosh thanked Environmental Crimes Unit Investigator Bill Schmidt for his assistance in this case.
Aleithea Warmack, deputy director of communications for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, said they do not know the amount of raw sewage Clazey dumped.
She said it was Clazey’s first violation involving the Environmental Crimes Unit.