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Lothian mining site owner fined $3,000 for permit violations – Baltimore Sun

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The owner of a mining and reclamation site in Lothian agreed Thursday to pay a $3,000 fine for violations at the facility after Anne Arundel County lawyers alleged it was operating outside the scope of its permit.

During an injunction hearing in Anne Arundel District Court in Annapolis, Belle Grove Corp. was ordered to remove junk vehicles that were on the company’s 100-plus acre Westport Reclamation site. However, the company will be able to continue biosoil blending and concrete operations.

The agreement between the county and the corporation says that while biosoil blending and concrete recycling activities fall under the mining site’s permitted uses, junkyard and contractor yard operations there must cease within two months. That means the company must remove all of the inoperable vehicles stored on the reclamation site, or they will face another $5,000 fine, which was suspended.

The county’s law office sued Belle Grove in March, requesting fines for several violations that county inspectors found last year.

In 2021, Anne Arundel County zoning inspector Ulric Dahlgren wrote in an affidavit that he issued violation notices to the Belle Grove Corp. after inspecting the site off Sands Road. Dahlgren said the construction company has been storing scrapped vehicles and operating other businesses that extend beyond the scope of its mining and reclamation license.

The mining and reclamation site has raised the ire of neighbors in Lothian, who along with the Mid-Atlantic Justice Coalition, claim the site contributes to heavy truck traffic in the area as well as health and environmental concerns.

Several area residents have separately filed a petition to have the site’s permit reviewed due to health and safety concerns, according to Michael Payan, a spokesperson for Namati, a worldwide nonprofit that seeks legal empowerment of communities, and the justice coalition.

Belle Grove’s lawyer, Anthony Gorski, said earlier this week that several industrial sites in the area contribute to the truck traffic, adding that the reclamation site operates during the daytime, five days a week while others operate during later hours.



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