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Official Response to Sewage Dumping

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Regarding the sewage dumping on Lund Ln. in Dundalk, MD that took place for over a month.

The gentlemen surrounding a concerned citizen in pink obtaining information in the video.

Official Response:

          It has now been confirmed by the Bureau of Utilities Chief that the dumping of raw sewage in massive quantities, by an out of state contractor has been taking place without permission in Dundalk for over a month.

          So far, the official government action that we are aware of has been to tell the company “cease all further dumping without express permission from Utilities.”

          Dundalk already has sewer systems in dire need of immediate maintenance (Colgate for example) being neglected. It’s obvious that further investigation and action must be taken by Baltimore County, and the State of Maryland. We need to hold anyone, including out of state contractors accountable, especially with prolonged utility misuse. Who’s going to pay for Norwood-Holabird’s infrastructure replacement if it has an issue?

          Originally we made a phone call to Councilman Crandell’s office we spoke to a Mr. Ron who informed us that this company doing the dumping had a permit to do so. We provided D.O.T. truck numbers over the phone to verify the company could legitimately dump there and we were told they had permission from State Highway. We officially dropped the issue with that information.

          Another member of our community continued researching the issue; The EPA and Md. Dept. of Environment were contacted and no one knew anything about a dumping permit for this company. We reached out again to Councilman Crandell’s office via email this time, so we could provide our community a hard-copy permit. Mr. Anderson replied and said they asked the Dept. of public works to investigate. He wrote “…from time to time, county contractors must pump out part of a section of sanitary sewer that is blocked and pump it back into an unblocked section to get it to the wastewater treatment plant. this is common practice and the contractors who do this are permitted by the dept. of public works to do so, however the contractor did not have permission to do this on Lund Lane.” That might also explain why they originally assumed and told us they had permission. Unfortunately, numerous truckloads of raw sewage came over the following month.

          Our community may have a combined 80+ volunteer hours away from our friends, family and work trying to track this issue down. Baltimore County and the State of Maryland should fully hold these companies accountable if they’re found avoiding proper procedures, especially for such a lengthy time and take into consideration the huge community effort to stop this. A clear method to prevent future misuse should also be instituted; a hotline or email for example. It shouldn’t of taken so many emails and phone calls to determine the legality of this massive dumping operation.

          The questions remain; Who has the authority to grant the dumping of raw sewage in Baltimore County? Who holds those accountable who dump without permission?

          Thank you to all the residents of the Norwood-Holabird Community Association for their work in resolving this issue, the communities of the 7th District, Baltimore County & The State of Maryland for their support.

Norwood-Holabird Community Association


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Doug Anderson <w—***—> Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:51 PM
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Hi David & Nicole.


When our office was made aware of this issue, we asked the Department of Public Works to investigate. We know that from time to time, county contractors must pump out part of a section of sanitary sewer that is blocked and pump it back into an unblocked section to get it to the wastewater treatment plant.


This is common practice and the contractors who do this are permitted by the Department of Public Works to do so, however the contractor did not have permission to do this on Lund Lane. Here is what was reported to us by the County Bureau of Utilities’ Chief today:


The Bureau of Utilities and DPW have looked into the concerns of the New Norwood Holabird Community Assoc. expressed by their President David Rader.  We appreciate the eyes and ears of the Community Association and their request for information. We have the following findings at this time:


·         The Bureau of Utilities do not have any information that the material dumped involves an environmental issue.

·         The company Standard Pipe Services is a subcontractor to the Prime Contractor Anchor Construction.

·         The County does not have a direct contract with Standard Pipe Services.

·         Standard Pipe Services did not have permission to open up a sanitary manhole for the purpose of discharging the contents of their Vac Trucks at the Lund Lane location.

·         The Prime contractor Anchor has been instructed to cease all further dumping without express permission from Utilities.



Doug Anderson

Senior Council Assistant,

Councilman Todd Crandell

Meeting Minutes 12/5/2017

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Meeting starts at 7 PM with the Pledge of allegiance.

Officer Addair gives her report. 72 reports in our area. Officers recommend that we lock our car doors and keep an eye out for a package theft.

There was a 6 car accident on Merritt Boulevard at Westfield Road. We should request that traffic and engineering come and do a study on accidents there.

Lund Lane the hole was filled in by Buzzy Stockman.  A special thank you to Buzzy for his hard work!!!

Sludge dumping at Lund and Searles rd. Crandall’s office said they had permission to dump from state highway administration. The dumping has been going in for a few months now. Trying to get to the bottom of it.

Barry- reports good news for Ives lane Alley. Baltimore County will re- pave 60 feet of it. And the wall will be inspected this week.
Salvos was asked about the lighting again. They said they would talk to the owner.

Still working on the no soliciting community with David Patro.

The Police Department is cleaning up the junk cars on our street.

Vesper Avenue Church held a Alcoholics Anonymous or narcotics anonymous meeting on Halloween. Neighbors in the neighborhood were raising concerns about people loitering outside of the church. Especially being around all the children on that day it was bad Timing and poor judgment in scheduling.

Rat eradication is scheduled for December 11th.

January 2018 we will not have a meeting. Will be using January as our by month because it’s the coldest month of the year.

Goals for 2018 expand the NHCA membership, expand the COP, Get a P.O. box for our community Association, or easy Postal box.

April 7th we are hosting our community clean up. We want to look into getting shirts made for that.

Captain Lily said crime with the lowest on National Night Out lower than any other time of the year. So if we can keep people out and about it would help lower crime.

John Melzer in his cleaning efforts within our communities goes to the dump on Wednesdays. Offered to pick up any items dumped randomly said to just give him a call. *god bless you John and all of your hard work we truly appreciate it!!!!

Officer Addair requested communities add their security cameras to:

The county can use this as a tool to help solve crimes and pinpoint locations of crimes in our area.

Meeting ends at 8:01 PM.

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