Two men, one company indicted on charges of violating the Clean Water Act

Posted at: 05/09/2013 12:25 PM

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Two men and a Spencerport-based company have been on indicted on charges in connection with violating the Clean Water Act.

Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, Inc. is involved with hydro-demolition which uses high-pressure water to remove concrete from buildings before they can be resurfaced. The waste water from this process includes concrete remnants, which has a very high PH

Richard Hartunian, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, says that 52-year-old William Clements of Victor and 52-year-old Mark Pullyblank of Caledonia were project supervisors in charge of demolition projects at the Governmental Center Parking Garage and Johnson City Wilson Hospital Parking Garage throughout 2008 and 2009. Hartunian says the three defendants are charged in a nine-count felony indictment with discharging untreated waster water without a permit into the Susquehanna River.

The Clean Water Act was enacted into law in 1972. It prohibits the discharge of pollutants into the water without approved treatment and a permit.

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