Contractor pleads guilty to dumping tainted water


A Baltimore masonry contractor has pleaded guilty for a second time to illegally dumping lead-contaminated wastewater into city storm drains.

Frederick Dean Cichorc, owner of New Faces Masonry, received a suspended jail sentence in 1994 for dumping water tainted with poisonous lead into the drains. In April, New Faces workers were found dumping a lead-and-water mixture into drains flowing to the Inner Harbor, according to Howard P. Nicholson, supervising attorney in the environmental crimes unit of the attorney general's office.

Under a plea agreement Tuesday, District Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion fined Cichorc $3,500 and suspended his 90-day jail sentence.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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