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MARYLAND COMPANY SENTENCED IN JOINT CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASE

Release Date: 12/03/99
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 1999

MARYLAND COMPANY SENTENCED IN
JOINT CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASE

In a combined civil and criminal case, Interstate General Company, L.P. (IGC), was sentenced on Nov. 22, in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., to pay a $1.5 million criminal fine for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). IGC also will pay a $360,000 civil penalty for violating the CWA and will join with St. Charles Associates (St. Charles), its co-defendant in the civil case, to take actions to protect and/or remediate more than 155 acres of wetlands. Both companies were involved in the development of the Dorchester Neighborhood in St. Charles County, Md. IGC previously pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Clean Water Act for illegally filling wetlands on either side of a stream that flows into the Port Tobacco River, which is a tributary of the Potomac River. The wetlands to be protected are owned by St. Charles on several parcels of land in and around the Dorchester neighborhood. Wetlands preservation is vital to the maintenance of a healthy environment because wetlands purify surface waters and provide a breeding area for waterfowl, fish and other wildlife. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with technical assistance from EPA Headquarters and Region 3, the FBI and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.


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