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Ohio Man and His Company Sentenced for Water Violations

Release Date: 04/04/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(04/40/03) Foster L. Mills, and his company, Mills Metal Finishing Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, were found guilty of Clean Water Act violations. Mills was sentenced to twelve months and one day of imprisonment and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine on Feb. 21. Mills Metal Finishing was sentenced to two years probation and a fine of $25,000; the company will make a contribution of $10,000 to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commissions Greenways Program as part of the sentencing. The convictions of discharging inadequately treated metal finishing wastes into the City of Columbus municipal sewer system, in violation of pretreatment requirements of the City of Columbus, were investigated by the Central Ohio Environmental Task Force. The task force comprises EPA Criminal Investigation Division Cleveland Area Office, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Special Investigations, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Office of Defense Inspector General of U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the City of Columbus’s Department of Public Utilities. The sentencing came down in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus.