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CHESTER COUNTY, PA., COMPANY TO PAY $15,000 FINE FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING OF SWEETENERS

 CHESTER COUNTY, PA., COMPANY TO PAY $15,000 FINE
 FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING OF SWEETENERS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A Chester County company has been ordered to pay a $15,000 fine after pleading no contest to a charge that one of its former employees illegally dumped diluted sweeteners last June, Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. announced.
 Representatives of Foodsales Inc. of Mainline Industrial Park, Frazer, Pa., entered the plea Thursday, June 11, on behalf of the company to a misdemeanor violation of the Solid Waste Management Act.
 Under a plea agreement approved by Chester County Common Pleas Court President Judge Lawrence E. Wood, Foodsales will pay $15,000 to the state's Solid Waste Abatement Fund and the former employee, Donald K. Spayd, 55, of Longview Road, Boyertown, will be admitted to an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD) for one year.
 Spayd, who was a truck driver for Foodsales, also was ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution to the state and an ARD administration fee of $450.
 Investigators charged that last June 19 Spayd made a delivery of sucrose and fructose to a Carlisle company, which then placed rinsewater in the tank truck.
 After returning to Chester County, Spayd was seen dumping the rinsewater and sweetener residue onto the ground behind a cafe along Route 724 in East Coventry Township by off-duty East Coventry Police Office Russell W. Iezzi, according to the charges.
 Samples taken at the site were analyzed by the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) and found to contain sucrose, fructose and other monosaccharides, investigators said.
 "Although there was no evidence to indicate that company officials were aware of the dumping, state law holds the company responsible for the action of its employee in this case," Preate said.
 The attorney general said Foodsales arranged for the removal of the waste from behind the cafe.
 The investigation, which was conducted by Preate's Environmental Crimes Section, was prompted by a referral from DER.
 The Environmental Crimes Section is part of the Office of Attorney General. It operates in cooperation with DER, from which it receives additional staff and funding.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office; Foodsales Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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