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Webster company violates clean water act

Webster, N.Y.- A Webster metal-finishing company and its general manager were sentenced in federal court for violating the Clean Water Act.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday Maracle Industrial Finishing was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, while General Manager Jon Maltese, of Canandaigua, was also placed on probation for three years, ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.
 
The president of Maracle Industrial Finishing, Thomas Maracle, was ordered to establish a company-wide environmental compliance program, which includes training employees about the Clean Water Act.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, said Maracle Finishing was not allowed to discharge any process wastewater, only water coming from sinks, toilets, and showers. Maracle Finishing and John Maltese violated this Zero Discharge Permit by repeatedly discharging process wastewater into the sewer system from the facility.
 
Authorities said water samples taken in late 2011 tested positive for a wide array of process waste-water, including volatile and semi-volatile organics. Officials said some of the waste-water itself posed an explosive hazard due to its low flashpoint.

 
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