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Minnesota Company and Individuals Indicted in Sewer Line Case

Release Date: 05/19/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-7819 /

(05/19/04) Hardcoat, Inc., of St. Louis Park, Minn.; its owner, Kenneth Heroux, and George Miklasevics, an environmental consultant; were each indicted on May 11 on charges that they conspired to make false statements regarding a severely corroded sewer line. The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to falsely tell state and federal investigators that no problems were discovered during a permit renewal inspection of a sewer pipe used to discharge pre-treated industrial wastes. In reality, the pipe had several breaks through which pre-treated industrial wastes could have leaked. The defendants replaced the pipe, but hid the fact that the pipe had been compromised. The case was investigated by the Chicago Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.