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Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation

Release Date: 11/25/2003
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Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 /

(11/25/2003) Daniel R. Callahan of Broad Brook, Conn., pled guilty on Nov. 17 to violating the Clean Water Act by falsifying reports submitted to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Callahan was formerly the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the Stafford Division of Tyco Printed Circuit Group. Tyco Printed Circuit Group is a subsidiary of Tyco International. One of Callahan’s primary responsibilities was to oversee the operation of Tyco’s waste treatment facility at its factory in Manchester, Conn. Callahan assisted in the fabrication of reports submitted in 2001 to DEP. The reports failed to include the fact that a “batch tank” had been discharged into the Manchester public sewer system. Tyco’s DEP permit required that discharges from the tank be reported. Instead, Callahan reported that the tank had not been discharged. As a result, the wastewater discharged from the factory exceeded the levels of copper allowed in the factory’s discharge permit. Copper is a toxic metal which, if passed through sewage treatment plants, can harm fish, aquatic life, wildlife and humans who come into contact with copper-contaminated surface waters downstream from sewage treatment facilities. When sentenced, Callahan faces a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division (Boston) and the Connecticut DEP with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bridgeport.