Crown Chemicals owner, James Spain, found guilty for 16 years of toxic dumping. Report by Chicago personal injury lawyers
Chicago, IL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–WGN breaking news story on Wednesday reported the owner Crown Chemicals was sentenced in U.S. District Court today. James Spain, a 70 year-old Lemont, Illinois man, avoided jail time today. Crown Chemicals, a cleaning products manufacturing company located in Crestwood, a south suburb of Chicago, was dumping caustic, acidic, and toxic waste water into local and public sewers for over 16 years.
Crown Chemicals and its owner James Spain violated the Clean Water Act with their illegal dumping of toxic chemicals. Spain, pled guilty in the presence of his defense attorney in April 2008 for criminal conspiracy and violating federal and state laws. The Judge sentenced Spain to one year of house arrest and ordered him to pay $30,000 in fines. He was spared the possible 1.5 years of prison time.
Crown Chemicals was also fined $100,000. According to the company’s defense lawyers, they agreed to issue a public apology and has started a waste water treatment system.
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