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CWA CrimeBox
Environmental Crimes Historic Conviction:  Fiscal Year 2002; Case ID# CR_1028(California)
Discharge permitted, company convicted for dumping elsewhere

June 27, 2024 744 am EDT

One of 72 Clean Water Act Criminal Prosecutions in the State of California (from 1989-2023)

The defendant held a discharge permit for oil and grease industrial wastewater to a municipal facility equipped to receive such wastewater. Federal district court received a bill of information from the EPA investigators indicating employees of the defendant discharged wastewater in at least ten separate incidents to various locations in San Diego County, including the Naval Amphibious Base.

The corporate defendant entered a guilty plea to a single count, knowing violation of the Clean Water Act. Sentencing included a federal fine, restitution payable to San Diego Industrial Wastewater Program and three years of probation.
"The discharge of oil into surface waters can, in sufficient quantities, create a fire hazard and can harm fish and other aquatic life." EPA Criminal Investigation Division

Federal Fine: $100,000; Restitution: $10,219; Probation: 36 months

CWA CrimeBox briefs are compiled from EPA Criminal Enforcement records.

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