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INDIANA CORPORATION OFFICIALS PLEAD GUILTY TO CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 11/02/2000
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 2000

INDIANA CORPORATION OFFICIALS PLEAD
GUILTY TO CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS

Marvin Friedman of Louisville, Ky., Metalite Corporation’s President and owner, and Wayne Friedman, Metalite’s Vice-President, and Metalite Corporation pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 to violating the Clean Water Act. Metalite operates an aluminum facility that anodizes light fixtures in New Albany, Ind. In the plea agreement, the defendants
admitted in Aug. and Sept. 1994 to discharging highly acidic wastewater, which flowed into a tributary of the Ohio River. The migration of highly acidic wastewater into surface waters can be very harmful to fish and other wildlife. The plea agreement calls for Metalite to pay fines and financial penalties totaling $325,000 and to serve three years probation. Under the agreement, Marvin Friedman would serve between six and twelve months of home detention and would pay a $15,000 fine; Wayne Friedman would be sentenced to six months home detention, three years probation and would pay a fine of $10,000. The plea agreement will not be final until accepted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center, the FBI and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis.

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