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A Webster plating company and its general manager have drawn fines for Clean Water Act violations.
Maracle Industrial Finishers Co. Inc. and the plating firm’s general manager, Jon Maltese, respectively drew fines of $10,000 and $4,000 for discharging water contaminated with industrial waste into area sewers, U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said Wednesday. The corporation and Maltese were also each placed on three years’ probation. U.S. District Judge David Larimer additionally ordered Maltese to do 80 hours of community service.
Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation investigators and village of Webster Department of Public Works officials found that Maracle Finishers violated its zero-discharge permit by repeatedly draining industrial waste water into a village sewer.
Illegally discharged contaminants included and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds. Water the plant pumped into the local sewer posed an explosive risk, investigators found. The village’s sewers go to a treatment plant that discharges into Lake Ontario.
During several periodic inspections, Maltese denied illegal discharges even though inspectors could easily detect them, officials said.
Maracle Finishers president Thomas Maracle, was ordered to establish a company-wide environmental compliance program and provide Clean Water Act training for Maracle employees.
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