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Ohio Man Sentenced for Falsifying Clean Air Act Permit Application

Release Date: 01/23/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(01/23/04) John D. Littlehale of Terrace Park, Ohio, former Vice President for Manufacturing of the Multi-Color Corp., was sentenced on Jan. 13 to 18 months in prison, a $4,000 fine and 50 hours of community service for falsifying an application for a Title V permit under the Clean Air Act. From approximately July 1997 to January 1998, Multi-Color’s Scottsburg, Ind., Label Division illegally operated a rotogravure printing press (known as press #3) without an air pollution control device, allowing the press to vent approximately 100 tons of pollutant-laden emissions directly into the atmosphere. The pollutants included volatile organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants and other chemicals contained in inks, solvents and adhesives. Venting these pollutants into the air can cause people who live near the plant and who have respiratory illnesses to suffer an increase in adverse respiratory symptoms. In a related matter, Roger Taylor, former plant manager of the Scottsburg Label Division from 1996 to 1998, was sentenced to six months of home detention, five years of probation and 500 hours of community service for failing to report Littlehale’s illegal activities to authorities. The case was investigated by the Chicago Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the Indiana Interagency Environmental Crimes Task Force of the Southern District of Indiana. It was prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.