Violation of Clean Water Act
Nupro Industries Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Peter Shtompil, 49, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, were charged today by Information with tampering with a required monitoring method under the environmental laws, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
The information charges that Nupro Industries Corporation, which manufactures oils and esters at its plant at East Ontario and Bath Streets, in Philadelphia, and Shtompil, as an employee at the company, watered down samples of wastewater from the plant before the wastewater was discharged into the Philadelphia sewer system. Under environmental pretreatment permits that Nupro had with the City of Philadelphia, Nupro was required to monitor the pollutants in its industrial wastewater by taking representative samples of its wastewater and submitting the samples for testing for specified pollutants, such as pH and ethylbenzene. The Information charges that from November 2006, to June 2007, Nupro and Shtompil watered down the samples, making the samples non-representative, in order to dilute the pollutants and to appear to be in compliance with the pollutant limits under the permits.
If convicted, Nupro Industries Corporation faces a maximum possible sentence of five years’ probation, a mandatory minimum of one year probation, a fine of $500,000, and a $400 special assessment; Shtompil faces a maximum possible sentence of two years’ imprisonment, a one year period of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah L. Grieb.
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