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Intel Brief – July 2011



Employees sentenced for Clean Water Act felonies.

Three officials of Ecological Systems, Inc. (ESI), an oil reclamation company that operated a centralized waste treatment facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, were sentenced in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana for felony violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecution stemmed from ESI’s intentional discharges of untreated wastewater and stormwater from its facility directly into the Indianapolis sewer system. The investigation began after the Indiana Department of Environmental Management received complaints from several Indianapolis homeowners that thick, oily wastewater was flowing into their yards from sewer manholes after a heavy rainfall February 11, 2009. ESI was required to have sufficient storage capacity to handle wastewater from this type of wet weather event, but it did not. In order to deal with the excess wastewater, the former operations manager and the former labs manager decided to directly discharge untreated oily wastewater into the Indianapolis sewer system by pumping wastewater through hoses that bypassed ESI’s treatment processes.

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Plant head fired, 2 others disciplined over water issue in Lorain.

Failure to promptly notify the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the public of a water quality problem has had a ripple effect in Lorain, Ohio. The water plant assistant superintendent has been fired. The utilities director has been suspended for 30 days, and the lead operator for purification is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. The discipline is in response to failure to properly treat water at the plant April 9 and 10, and failure to notify the OEPA about the mistake within 24 hours. The failure to properly treat the water caused cloudiness known as turbidity. Incompetence and a lack of oversight caused the problem the service director said May 2.

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Ford F-150 truck probe expands to 2.7 million.

U.S. safety regulators said they have expanded an investigation into the possibility that straps holding fuel tanks can rust and break on Ford Motor Co F-150 pickup trucks from the 1997-2001 model years to 2.7 million vehicles. An investigation is short of a recall but many investigations lead to an automaker recalling vehicles for safety issues. The F-150 is the primary model in the Ford F-series pickup truck lineup which are the best-selling vehicles in North America. “Among the incidents reported to NHTSA or Ford, 243 involved the fuel tank dropping below the vehicle and/or dragging on the ground, 95 involved fuel leakage, and nine included reports of sparks from the tank being dragged on the road,” the NHTSA filing said.

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