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MANUFACTURER TO PAY $21,117 FOR ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A former Lackawanna County manufacturer of electronic components was ordered to pay $21,117 in fines and costs after pleading guilty today to a charge of illegally storing hazardous waste.
 Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. said Automation Components Inc., which operated at 1 Short Ave., Blakely, until it closed its operation there in 1990, pleaded guilty to one felony violation of the state Solid Waste Management Act.
 Under a plea agreement approved by Lackawanna County Common Pleas Court President Judge James J. Walsh, the company was ordered to pay $11,117 in costs of investigation and a $10,000 fine to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund.
 A complaint filed in July by Preate's Environmental Crimes Section charged that Automation Components allowed hazardous materials such as nickel sludge and acetone to be stored in drums and containers on the property without a permit.
 Deputy Attorney General Richard R. Tomsho, who prosecuted the case, said Automation Components is owned by Schwalm Electronics of Highland Park, Ill.
 The Environmental Crimes Section is part of the Office of Attorney General. It operates in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Resources, from which it receives additional staff and funding.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis, assistant press secretary of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/


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