Sewage Pipe Leak On Piney Point Road
On October 11, 2022, emergency personnel responded to a sewage leak.

BALTIMORE – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, on behalf of the Maryland Department of the Environment, today filed a civil complaint in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County against the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) to request civil penalties and an injunction ordering MetCom to cease sewage overflows from its sanitary sewer system and to perform necessary corrective action.

MetCom owns and operates sanitary sewer systems located throughout St. Mary’s County.  

MetCom’s sanitary sewer systems convey sewage from homes, businesses, and industrial facilities to various wastewater treatment facilities.

From 2017 to present, MetCom discharged at least 2,170,876 gallons of untreated sewage from its sanitary sewer systems in 58 sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) events.

These SSOs discharged raw sewage unlawfully to the ground surface, waters of the State, and/or waters of the United States.  In addition, oysters that were harvested and served to the public following an SSO on October 28, 2021 purportedly caused an outbreak of foodborne illness in Virginia.  

“We have charged MetCom with multiple violations of the most fundamental laws that protect public health and the environment,” said Attorney General Frosh. “Releasing raw sewage could not be more dangerous.  We will hold them accountable.”

The complaint requests the Circuit Court to impose civil penalties on MetCom for seven SSOs that occurred in 2022 and an injunction to compel MetCom to cease its SSOs and upgrade its system to operate in compliance with State and federal law.

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5 Comments

  1. Rate payer will foot the bill (cost) of any civil penalty. Frosh needs to penalize the decision makers.

  2. If the sewage overflows were caused by flooding problems then this will not last 5 minutes in court
    Flooding water can enter any underground sewage system and overrun the system

  3. All fine and good but doesn’t this tool understand they’ll just increase our rates to make up for the fines?

  4. An outbreak that causes foodborne illness in VA seems appropriate, considering that state’s abuse of the Bay’s fisheries.

    Too bad we can’t do the same with the crab that get dredged up wintering at the mouth of the Bay, might be enough left for us come summer if we could.

    Virginia abuses the Bay, and should be BANNED from harvesting crabs in the winter, and females year round. Till that happens Maryland watermen, and consumers, are at their mercy.

    1. Common sense , Um,,,, I think they outlawed crab dredging like almost two decades ago !! Oh believe me , Metcom needs to be held accountable and upgrade their systems to handle the sewage load , it’s funny how all these spills. Go back about five years ! Lol I guess Jacky Meiser was doing a good job as compared to the director Metcom has now !
      The major problem and ultimately why folks are getting sick is MDE isn’t shutting down the fishery when a spill occurs AND their not holding Metcom accountable to clean up the spill once it occurs !
      Who holds MDE accountable? Metcom is spilling the sewage but the MDE is letting them
      Slide at OUR expense, physically and financially.
      MDE couldn’t care less !

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