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Texas Plating Company Owner Sentenced for Illegal Disposal of Cyanide Solution

Release Date: 07/22/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(07/23/03) On July 15 in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Robert T. Findley, Sr., owner of RTF Industries Inc., located near Marshall, Texas, was sentenced to spend a year and a day in prison for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The defendant operated an electroplating facility and illegally dumped hazardous wastes including spent cyanide plating bath solutions and wastewater treatment sludges under a trailer located at a pyrotechnic facility which RTF Industries owned and operated next door to its plating facility. Cyanide wastes are highly toxic and can cause serious neurological injury and even death to individuals who come into contact with them. The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tyler.