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Metal Firm Dumped Sludge Waste Illegally

Metal-plating Company Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Crimes for Dumping High Concentrations of Metals into the Sewer System

The Kelly Plating Company on Madison Avenue in Cleveland admitted discharging waste liquids containing chrome and zinc into the sewer, which after treatment was discharged into Lake Erie, said U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.

The company entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act and to violating an approved pretreatment program.

An employee at Kelly Plating bypassed the factory's pollution control equipment and discharged partially treated wastewater and sludge directly into the sewer system at least 14 times between March and May 2012, according to court documents.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, federal prosecutors and company officials agreed to recommend to the judge that Kelly Plating pay a $50,000 fine, plus a $25,000 community service payment.

The community service payment will be made to a charitable organization to be applied toward improving water quality in Northeast Ohio, according to the plea agreement.

Source: Cleveland

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