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Cordova Business Owner Guilty On Ten Counts Of Illegal Sewage Disposal

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BALTIMORE, Md. - A Cordova business man has been convicted of illegally dumping sewage. On Tuesday, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced that 70-year-old Purnell Shortall was convicted on charges of illegally sewage disposal in a manner which may cause pollution and for failing to dispose of sewage in accordance with an approved permit.

Officials say Shortall owns and operates Shortall Building Supplies in Cordova, had a 4-inch PVC pipe extending from his workshop into a nearby ravine, where it discharged raw sewage. The building was apparently built in 1999, and Shortall stated on building permits that there would be no pluming installed. Shortall admitted to installing a bathroom and a sink, years later, without applying for another permit, even though he is a licensed septic installer.

These choices reportedly resulted in a public health danger due to the building's location, because the raw sewage could flow into state waterways and seep into groundwater. Shortall was warned in both 2012 and 2013, but continued to use the system.

Shortall now faces penalties of $50,000, and two years of incarceration for each of the ten counts that he was found guilty on. Sentencing has been set for September 15th. This case was transferred from Talbot County to Dorchester County for trial because the defendant's wife serves as the Clerk of the Court for Talbot County.

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