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U.S. EPA ANNOUNCES SENTENCING OF SARONI FOR WATER VIOLATIONS

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Attorney John A. Mendez today announced that Alfred B. Saroni, 40, former president of Saroni Sugar and Rice Inc. (aka Saroni Total Food Ingredients) and Sarman Inc. (aka A&L Trucking), has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Caulfield in San Francisco to two years in prison for dumping industrial wastewater into the Oakland Estuary and San Francisco Bay.
 The court also fined Saroni Total Food Ingredients $25,000. In a non-court action, Alfred Saroni donated a total of $50,000 to the city of Oakland and Alameda County for environmental enforcement.
 "This sentencing serves notice that those who willfully violate environmental laws and harm the environment must expect to be punished for their actions," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's water management division director. "San Francisco Bay is a precious resource and U.S. EPA is dedicated to protecting it."
 Saroni and the two corporations were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on October 7, 1992, following a 16-month joint investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oakland Police Department, and the Consumer and Environmental Protection Division of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
 The indictment charged that Saroni and others -- in violation of the Clean Water Act -- hauled acidic waste water in tanker trucks and trailers from food processors in Fairfield and Sonoma, and illegally discharged it to a storm drain at the Saroni Total Food Ingredients warehouse at 727 Kennedy St. The storm drain leads to the Oakland Estuary and San Francisco Bay.
 Saroni trucked the wastewater to the Bay Area because the Fairfield and Sonoma sanitary sewer districts refused to accept the wastewater based on its low pH, and because Saroni was denied the use of another disposal site in Emeryville. It is estimated that 126,000 gallons of industrial wastewater were dumped into San Francisco Bay over a three- month period.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/


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