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PA MANUFACTURING EXEC. SENTENCED FOR HAZ. WASTE VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 11/18/96
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PA MANUFACTURING EXEC. SENTENCED FOR HAZ. WASTE VIOLATIONS

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1996

MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE SENTENCED FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS

On Oct. 25, Gene M. Lefave, former chief executive officer of Fluid Polymers Inc., of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles to four years in prison and one year of supervised release for his conviction for illegally dumping hazardous waste in the newly created East Mojave National Preserve and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Gene LeFave and the corporation were also ordered to pay restitution of $25,783 to the National Park Service and $14,108 to the BLM, to reimburse them for cleanup costs. Fluid Polymers Inc., which manufactures chemicals, was sentenced on Oct. 17 and was fined $10,000. This case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, the National Park Service, the BLM, the FBI, the California Department of Fish and Game, the California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County District Attorney and the San Bernardino County Department of Environmental Health Services, with the assistance of EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center.

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