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County Executive Leopold Applauds Withdrawal of Discharge Permit Appeal by Pharmaceutical Company

Company wanted to dump harmful chemicals into sewer system

Annapolis (September 29, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today applauded the withdrawal of an appeal by Consolidated Pharmaceuticals Group Inc. to dump over 20,000 gallons of potentially hazardous wastewater into the County’s public sewage system.

"This Administration has been staunchly opposed to dumping the wastewater from this operation into the sewer system for over a year, and the company has finally acquiesced," County Executive Leopold said. "The material they wanted to dispose of had high levels of acetone, zinc, mercury and methyl chloride that posed a threat to County workers as well as the public because of the threat that these chemicals would be released into our waterways."

The company, which closed its Brooklyn Park plant two years ago, had applied for a permit to discharge the material. When that permit was denied, it appealed the decision. A hearing in the case before the Board of Appeals was scheduled for tonight. The company has withdrawn the appeal and the hearing has been canceled.

County Executive Leopold has been fighting environmental pollution throughout his term, including gaining approval from the County Council to ban fly ash and speaking out against ground contamination at Ft. George G. Meade.

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