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FLORIDA COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY

Release Date: 11/18/99
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 1999
FLORIDA COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY

G&M Land Holdings Inc., of Pompano Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court in Ft. Lauderdale for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally disposing of hazardous waste. G&M buried drums containing benzene and other ignitable wastes under a truck ramp at its facility. In addition to being ignitable, benzene is known to cause cancer in humans. The court ordered G&M to pay $75,437.94 to the EPA and $102,600 to a private consulting firm for cleaning up the dump site. In addition, G&M was also ordered to pay $100,000 to various state and local law enforcement agencies that investigated the case. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.


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