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CONNECTICUT COMPANY TO PAY $3 MILLION FOR WATER VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 12/06/2001
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2001

CONNECTICUT COMPANY TO PAY $3 MILLION FOR WATER VIOLATIONS
Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 / hester.luke@epa.gov


MacDermid Inc., a chemical manufacturer in Waterbury, Conn., pleaded guilty to four felony violations of the Clean Water Act and was sentenced on Nov. 28 to pay a $2 million fine and $1 million for supplemental environmental projects. MacDermid manufactures over 1,000 chemicals used for metal treating, plating and other purposes. The plant wastewater is required to be pre-treated before being released into the Waterbury city sewer system, and the company is required to submit to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) concerning the level of chemicals contained in the treated wastewater it releases. For eight years or longer, MacDermid engaged in a set of unlawful practices, such as discarding wastewater samples that had high levels of pollutants and failing to report analyses of such samples, which led to the falsification of its DMRs. As a result, wastewater with unacceptably high levels of copper and zinc was released into the Waterbury sewers. The release of wastewater with high levels of copper and zinc into sewer systems can cause damage to sewage treatment plant equipment and also kill bacteria needed to digest and properly treat sewage at sewage treatment plants. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bridgeport.

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