MDE Investigates Illegal Dumping Allegations in Pocomoke City
POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- After several complaints of illegal dumping near the Pocomoke River, the Maryland Department of the Environment is investigating the town of Pocomoke City.
Investigators found sewage sludge was sitting on an unauthorized site, according to MDE. The report goes on to state town employees were operating an open dumpsite, meaning large amounts of waste were piling up on an area not designed to handle the mess. Some locals worry the dumping would create a potential health risk.
"If you're dumping, it is going into ditches; it's going around homes; is going into wells," said Josh Holland, of Pocomoke City. "Its going into people's backyards and they don't even know it."
He and his family get their drinking water from a well, and with a baby on the way he worries about contaminated ground water.
"I know there's a good chance that it is not in the well water," said Holland. "But there's a small chance that it is."
We spoke with Pocomoke City manager Russell Blake, who said ground water has not been contaminated. He also says nothing has been dumped into the Pocomoke River and most of the material, that was brought into question, will be recycled.
MDE has ordered Pocomoke to stop dumping solid waste at the site, remove all existing waste to an approved location and to submit a cleanup plan to MDE by January 31st.