County Executive Leopold Signs Executive Order
To Authorize Referrals to the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Maryland Attorney General
Annapolis, MD (December 6, 2006 )- Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold signed Executive Order Number Thirteen prioritizing the policy whereby certain violations of the State of Maryland Environment Article could be prosecuted as criminal offenses.
"This executive order sends an important message that my Administration will not tolerate construction activity in the Critical Area without the required permits," said County Executive Leopold. "Violations of the environmental laws will trigger immediate action by this Administration."
Any violation of the State and County laws that prohibit:
will be sent to the Attorney General of Maryland, who can prosecute these violations as criminal offenses.
By signing this order, County Executive Leopold makes certain that anyone who commits crimes against the environment, including the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in Anne Arundel County, will not avoid justice. County Executive Leopold consulted with the office of the Attorney General before issuing his executive order.