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ILLEGAL WASTE STORAGE BY INDIANA COMPANY LEADS TO PLEA AGREEMENT
Release Date: 06/19/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1998
ILLEGAL WASTE STORAGE BY INDIANA COMPANY
LEADS TO PLEA AGREEMENT
V.C. Tank Lines Inc., of Schererville, Ind., was charged on June 3, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Dyer with the illegal storage of hazardous waste. The charges against the defendant allege that its activities involving the illegal storage of styrene monomer at its facility in Schererville lead to a near explosion which caused residents of the local community to be evacuated. The company has signed a plea agreement in which it agrees to pay a fine of $191,162.00 and also reimburse a total of $8,838.13 to the Town of Schererville, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Red Cross of Munster, Ind., for the costs of the evacuation. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center.