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FLORIDA WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY AND OWNER SENTENCED

Release Date: 11/21/2000
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FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2000
FLORIDA WASTEWATER TREATMENT
FACILITY AND OWNER SENTENCED


South Bay Utilities Inc., of Sarasota County, Fla., and its president, Paul L. Paver, were sentenced on Nov. 20, for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) by discharging inadequately treated sewage directly into Dryman Bay. South Bay Utilities was sentenced to pay a fine of $315,500 to the United States, pay $309,000 to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund, pay $400,000 to the Sarasota County Pollution Recovery Trust Fund and pay $270,500 to the Middle District of Florida Environmental Restitution Fund. Paul Paver was sentenced to pay a fine of $205,000 to the United States and pay $250,000 in restitution to the Middle District of Florida Environmental Restitution Trust Fund. Inadequately treated sewage often contains high concentrations of E.coli bacteria and pathogens which can cause a variety of infections in humans and can harm fish and other aquatic life. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center, EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Sarasota County Office of Pollution Control, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa prosecuted the case.

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