Enforcement Action

Enforcement Action

​Click on any of the links below for more details on each program's enforcement activities:

Environmental Protection

Consumer and Animal Health Protection

Plant Industries and Pest Management


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Nutrient Management

Maryland farmers are required to submit copies of their initial nutrient management plans to the Nutrient Management Program. By the end of FY 2015, more than 99 percent of the state’s 5,332 regulated farms had met the requirement. The department is pursuing enforcement actions against 25 farmers who have not submitted their initial nutrient management plans. In FY 2015, the department issued $5,600 in fines against 16 farmers who failed to file an initial nutrient management plan. 

Farmers are required to update their nutrient management plans and submit Annual Implementation Reports to the department by March 1 summarizing their nutrient applications for the previous calendar year. In April 2015, the department issued warnings to 919 farmers who failed to file their Annual Implementation Reports on time, followed by 395 notices of pending fines and 143 default notices. By the end of the fiscal year, 97.7 percent of regulated farmers managing about 1.3 million acres of land had submitted their reports. 

In FY 2015, the department issued $30,750 in fines against 123 farmers for late or missing reports. During Fiscal Year 2015, the department’s team of seven nutrient management specialists conducted 890 on-farm audits to confirm that farmers are using plans to manage nutrients effectively, an increase of approximately 18 percent over FY 2014. Of this number, 772 farms were selected randomly for audits with 69 percent determined to be in full compliance. An additional 118 farmers were flagged for audits due to incomplete, irregular, or inaccurate information reported on their Annual Implementation Reports. The majority of the violations documented for both random and targeted audits involved expired or incomplete nutrient management plans. The department is actively pursuing full compliance for all operations. In FY 2015, it issued $32,950 in fines against 47 farmers who failed to take corrective actions by prescribed deadlines.


CONSUMER SERVICES AND ANIMAL HEALTH PROTECTION

Weights and Measures

Field Inspections & Test Efforts​ 2015
% violations​
​​2015​
# Tes​ts
2014
% Violations​
​2014
# Tests
Weighing Systems
Large Scales 25.9​ 850   ​ 21.9​ ​831
Medium Scales​ 16.5 557​ 13.2​ 433​
Small Scales​ 16.1 6,900​ 17.7​ 5,260​
Liquid Measuring Systems
Retail Gas Meters​ 24.1 28,894​ 21.2​ ​23,576
LP Gas Meters 16.0 400​ ​19.5 ​513
Vehicle Tank Meters & Other Large Meters 15.4 1,120​ ​12.8 ​1,464
​​Grain Moisture Meters 13.4 112​ 12.3​ 106​
​Programmed Tare Inspections 12.3 1,686​ 13.3​ 1,406​
​Price Scanning & Method of Sale 3.1​ 9,977​ 2.2​ 30,277​
​Delivery Ticket Inspections 1.2​ 1,849​ 1.1​ 2,644​
​Package Lots 16.4​ 8,733​ 17.3​ 6,633​
Charts of Weights & Measures laboratory test, administrative controls and other activities are available in the MDA Annual Report.

Animal Health

​ 2015 Selected Parameters
​Animals certified to move in, out or within Maryland 62,901
​Biological Authorizations ​39
​CEM Permits (Quarantines) 165
​Dealer Insepections ​59
​Drug Residue Inspections ​3
​Equine Health Certificate - Export ​6,875
​Equine Health Certificate - Import ​4,792
​Exhibition Inspections ​41
​Export Certificates (non-equine) ​14,532
​Foreign Animal Disease Investigations ​​7
​Import Certificates (non-equine) 27,589
​Inspections & Investigations - Total Combined ​331
​Intrastate Certificates Total (Show) 9,113
​Livestock Dealer Licenses ​43
​Market Inspections ​168
​Quarantines issued for disease investigation 34
​Swine permits issued (quarantines) ​​386
 

Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners


PLANT INDUSTRIES & WEED MANAGEMENT

Pesticide Regula​tion 2013 2014 2015​
Number of Businesses Inspected ​​601 7​50 983
​​Number of Businesse with Violations 
142​​ 222 277​
-- Unregistered Employee Violations 13 19 16
-- ​Records Incomplete or Inaccurate Violations 97 143 115
-- Vehicles Not Proplery Identified Violations
30 51 45
-- No Anti-Siphon Device Violations
13 11 17
-- No First Aid /  Safety Equipment Violations
10 5 5
-- Incomplete or No Customer Information Violations
11 18 32
Pesticide Dealer Inspections 78 89 82
Application Records Reviewed 709 978 782
Hearing and Investigational Conferences 2 1 1
Consumer Complaint Investigations 26 40 101
Pesticide Use Observations 82 156 157
Pesticide Samples Collected for Analysis 50 70 56
Market Place Inspections 31 32 30
Pesticide Producer Establishment Inspections 30 31 28
Container / Containment Inspections 9 ​ 9 13
 

Plant Protection and Weed Management

Plant Quarantines: MDA and the federal government can issue quarantines to prevent the sale or movement of a certain type of plant material. The introduction of a new or dangerous regulated disease or pest, such as the emerald ash borer, could devastate the state's industry, backyard landscapes, interstate and international plant trade, and the environment in general.

Current Quarantines in effect are: