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LAWRENCE FIRM TO PAY $325,000 PENALTY FOR VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT

LAWRENCE FIRM TO PAY $325,000 PENALTY FOR VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT
 BOSTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States filed a civil complaint against Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc., of Lawrence, Mass., together with a proposed consent decree in which Crown Cork & Seal has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $320,000 to the federal government for violations of the Clean Water Act.
 U.S. Attorney A. John Pappalardo announced that the consent decree, which was filed in federal district court in Boston simultaneously with the civil complaint, resolves a claim against Crown Cork & Seal for violations of federal and local wastewater pretreatment standards. Crown Cork operates a can-making facility that discharges wastewater into the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD) sewer system. A facility discharging wastewater into a publicly owned treatment system such as that operated by the GLSD must comply with industrial pretreatment requirements of the Clean Water Act. The pretreatment of industrial pollutants is generally required in order to prevent the pollutants from interfering with or passing through the publicly owned treatment plant into the receiving waters.
 The complaint filed against Crown Cork & Seal alleges violations of national pretreatment standards for manganese, total toxic organics, hydrocarbon oil and grease, and fluoride from 1986 until 1991; violations of local pretreatment standards from 1985 to 1991; and violations of pretreatment reporting requirements. Crown Cork's pretreatment violations were initially identified by the GLSD.
 After Crown Cork & Seal was notified of the government's intent to bring an enforcement action, the company cooperated in reaching a settlement and completed modifications to its pretreatment system in order to comply with federal and GLSD standards.
 Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, the company will be required to pay the penalty within 30 days of entry of the decree in federal district court and will be required to pay stipulated penalties for any future violations of pretreatment standards.
 The preparation and successful negotiation of this case was conducted by Edith Goldman of the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney George B. Henderson II, of Pappalardo's Civil Enforcement and Defense Bureau, handled the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney.
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