Millington Not To Pay Penalty For Sewage Spills

The town of Millington has chosen not to pay $1,600 to the Maryland Clean Water Fund, as requested by the Maryland Department of the Environment because of two sewage spills in January. The town instead will take its chances with the Attorney General’s Office. The MDE informed the town of its decision last month and cautioned that failure to pay the penalty would require that the matter be sent to the Attorney General’s office. The town responded that the leaks, one on Cypress Street caused by a pipe break and another caused by a faulty alarm system at the facility, were the result of technical problems and not negligence. At this point, MDE considers that settlement offer withdrawn, and the case will be referred to the Office of the Attorney General for appropriate administrative or civil enforcement action.