Illegal Dumping Often has Consequences
In Baltimore, in April 2013, a man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegally dumping hazardous waste in an empty city lot. Richard Kevin Fox Jr. accepted money to dispose of two 55-gallon drums filled with wastewater from a brick-washing job. This example shows the lucrative black market of waste management, primarily thrusting the environmental impacts on low-income communities that cannot keep the waste out of their communities.
In another case in Londonderry, New Hampshire, the Thibeault Corporation, a real estate development and management company, plead guilty of transporting solid waste without a permit and storing it in a non-permitted facility. The company was fined $50,000, but was this an adequate punishment for the offense? Had the public been exposed to the solid waste, costs of clean-up and other environmental harms could have been much higher.