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U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF FRONTIER CHEMICAL

 U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF FRONTIER CHEMICAL
 BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Attorney for the


Western District of New York, Dennis C. Vacco, announced the conviction yesterday (Feb. 25) of Frontier Chemical Waste Process, Inc., a treatment storage and disposal facility (TSD) located at 4626 Royal Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y.
 The company plead guilty to falsifying records (U.S. EPA mandated manifests) in November 1986. Vacco pointed out that Frontier had plead guilty to the fifth count of an indictment which had been returned in Feb. 13, 1990, against Frontier and its related companies. The violation arose out of allegations that Frontier had violated the EPA's so-called "Landfill Ban" which prohibited the placement of certain type of wastes in landfills after November 1986.
 Vacco said that with the new corporate ownership mandated under the plea agreement, this was a "win-win" situation for all parties involved. Under the terms of the agreement, the defendant will pay a $100,000 fine to the U.S. District Court and will be placed on five years probation. Vacco pointed out that in addition to the heavy fine and the five-year probationary term, the original management and ownership which brought about the illegal activity at the Frontier facility will be banned from any ownership or management relationship with TSD operation.
 Vacco noted that the plea agreement was the result of the intervention of a Colorado corporation called Eagle Vision Inc., under the direction of Dr. Gerry Norton. Recent negotiations have resulted in Norton's companies buying control of the Frontier operations while simultaneously seeking permission from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the transference of the Frontier permit.
 Vacco hailed the close cooperation among the responsible government agencies including his office and
 -- the Federal Bureau of Investigation (under the direction of Buffalo Special-Agent-in-Charge Thomas J. Coyle),
 -- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Region II -- under Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff; the EPA Criminal Investigation Division -- under National Director of Criminal Enforcement Earl Deveney and regional Special-Agent-in-Charge Joseph Russo; and the EPA National Enforcement Investigations Center -- under Frank M. Covington),
 -- the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (under the direction of Commissioner Thomas Jorling).
 As a result of the efforts of all the parties, Vacco stressed that the community will continue to have a major environmental employer while at the same time upgrading the environmental and public health protection afforded by the new ownership and management.
 On behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Coyle stated: "The FBI will continue to vigorously pursue allegations of environmental crime within the Western District of New York. The single most important factor in solving these types of crimes is the cooperation of the public." The FBI currently operates and Environmental Hotline labelled the "Pollution Solution" at 716-856-2923, which is manned 24 hours a day and which he encouraged the public to utilize with the guarantee of anonymity if so desired.
 On behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, Sidamon-Eristoff stated: "In addition to today's charges, EPA has filed several cases against Frontier for PCB import violations, and currently has one case pending. In addition, we suspended Frontier and all other Envirosure companies from participating in government contracts due to their lack of integrity. We are particularly pleased with the provision in the plea which bans Envirosure from any ownership or management relationship with the hazardous waste operations at the facility. It has become clear to EPA that, under the original ownership, Frontier could not be trusted to carry out its hazardous waste operations in compliance with regulations."
 On behalf of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Jorling stated: "In the course of their daily review of the company's operations, vigilant monitors for the Department of Environmental Conservation uncovered the false filings and altered record-keeping that violate the environmental laws. This prosecution resulted in the removal of a corporate structure that condoned this scheme to evade New York state's strict environmental standards. It has been replaced by new management that will retain more than 70 jobs in western New York."
 In a separate statement, the chief executive officer of the new corporate owner, Norton, stated that his companies are looking forward to a good working relationship with all regulatory agencies.
 Vacco concluded that this conviction (coupled with the recent indictment of individuals responsible for the Envirotek facility in Tonawanda, N.Y.) will send a strong message to the environmentally regulated community that failure to uphold the strict health and environmental guidelines of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will draw the strong interest of the criminal law enforcement community, particularly the office of the U.S. attorney.
 Vacco cited that the excellent efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin J. Littlefield and the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section Attorney Deborah Woitte who handled the prosecution. Vacco also praised the Western New York Environmental Crimes Strike Force, noting that this prosecution and all environmental prosecutions could not be concluded without the close cooperation among his office, U.S. EPA, NYSDEC, FBI, the New York state attorney general and all of the other federal, state and local members.
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 /CONTACT: U.S. Department of Justice, Western District of New York, 716-846-4814/ CO: U.S. Department of Justice; Frontier Chemical Waste Process Inc. ST: New York IN: CHM SU:


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