Philadelphia Plant Sentenced For Enviromental Violations
Nupro Industries Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to three years’ probation and a $200,000 fine for criminally tampering with samples of the wastewater it was discharging into Philadelphia’s sewer system, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and EPA Special Agent-in-Charge David G. McLeod, Jr. .
Nupro Industries Corporation, which manufactures oils and esters at its plant at East Ontario and Bath Streets, in Philadelphia, pleaded guilty on March 2, 2012, to criminally tampering with a required monitoring method under the environmental laws. Under the 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. From 2006 to June 2007, Nupro 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.
In addition to probation and the fine, U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Kelly ordered Nupro to undertake a $25,000 community service project as designated by the Philadelphia Water Department. Nupro also was ordered to implement an Environmental Compliance and Ethics Plan as a condition of probation. Under this Plan, Nupro agreed to address and correct its environmental problems, to designate employees who are responsible for environmental issues and compliance at Nupro, and to annually train all of its employees on environmental compliance. Nupro was further ordered to publish in an appropriate trade journal and local newspaper, advertisements describing Nupro’s conduct, its conviction and sentence, steps taken to prevent reoccurrence, and how other regulated entities can avoid similar prosecution.
“Companies have a responsibility to conduct their business in a manner that complies with the environmental laws and regulations which promote public safety,” said Zane David Memeger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “Today's sentence sends a strong message to the business community that these laws and regulations are not optional.”
“To assure compliance with environmental laws, governments need accurate information. Violators who submit false reports undermine the integrity of our program and inhibit our efforts to protect the public,” said David G. McLeod, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Philadelphia. “Today’s sentencing should serve notice that EPA will vigorously pursue charges against those who knowingly falsify official information and place the public at potential risk.”
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