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EPA SUES TWO COMPANIES FOR MASSIVE FISH KILL IN INDIANA
Release Date: 05/05/2000
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2000
EPA SUES TWO COMPANIES FOR MASSIVE FISH KILL IN INDIANAOn April 27, the Department of Justice filed suit against Guide Corp. in Anderson, Ind., and Crown Environmental Group Inc., in Dayton, Ohio, for violating the Clean Water Act. The companies allegedly discharged toxic pollutants into the White River and caused one of the largest fish kills in Indiana history. The pollutants from the Guide facility were discharged into the local wastewater treatment plant, disrupting plant operations and causing pollutants to enter the White River. Guide is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive lighting. Crown Environmental was hired to operate Guide’s wastewater treatment plant. It is also alleged that the defendants violated federal and local wastewater pretreatment standards by failing to notify the sewage plant about the changes in their operations and the pollutants they discharged into the plant. The complaint seeks to restore the river, to undo the damage done to the fish populations and other aquatic life, and seeks civil penalties. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. For more information, contact Phillippa Cannon at 312-353-6218.
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