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Offenses occurred December 2011


Staff writer

A local excavating and hauling company recently settled with the Maryland Department of the Environment for sediment and erosion violations.

According to a news release from Jay Apperson, the deputy director of the Office of Communications at MDE, Morgan E. Russell Inc. Excavating and Hauling committed sediment control and sediment pollution violations in December 2011.

The Huntingtown company, which has served Southern Maryland for almost 50 years according to its website, specializes in land clearing, grading, septics and landscaping materials.

According to the release, the alleged violations occurred during the companyís Victoria Station dam embankment project in Owings that December.

Samantha Kappalman, an MDE spokeswoman, said the violations were discovered during a routine inspection Dec. 7, 2011. She said that during the inspection, Morgan E. Russell was found to be in violation of the sediment and erosion plan.

Kappalman said there was a follow-up inspection Dec. 9, 2011, and all the violations were fixed.

Morgan E. Russell Inc. declined to comment.

On Sept. 14, the release states, MDE finalized a settlement agreement with the company to resolve the alleged violations. In the terms of the settlement, according to the release, Morgan E. Russell agreed to pay $5,500 to the Clean Water Fund.

The Clean Water Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps people campaign for cleaner and safer water and air and protection from toxic pollution in communities, according to the organizationís website.