A Clean Air Act violation costs a Marietta company $50,000.
The Ohio Attorney General's office says Marietta Industrial Enterprises is paying a $37,500 fine and making a $12,500 community service payment to the Warren Township Fire Department.
The company pleaded guilty to a felony charge of failing to report violations of its permit in connection with its mineral processing operation.
Company president William Scott Elliott pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact for failing to notify the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency of the violations.
His plea agreement includes a recommended sentence of 48 consecutive hours in jail followed by five months and 28 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring.
“We will not tolerate an intentional failure to operate properly installed and permitted air pollution controls,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “This type of behavior threatens Ohioans with unnecessary pollutants.”
“The company has agreed to perform 200 hours of community service, with at least 100 hours being personally performed by Elliott, in addition to a three-year probation term for the company, which must conduct an environmental audit of their facilities and correct any deficiencies identified in that audit,” U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart said. “These steps will ensure safety for the community and employees going forward.”