Concrete Co. To Pay $5M For Polluting Calif. River

Law360, New York (September 2, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge sentenced Kie-Con to pay $5 million Thursday after the concrete product manufacturer admitted it had violated the Clean Water Act by dumping pollutants into the San Joaquin River for more than three years.

Kie-Con pled guilty to one count of negligently violating the CWA, admitting that employees at its Antioch, Calif., plant routinely discharged concrete process water with high pH levels into the San Joaquin from at least January 2004 to April 2007, exceeding effluent limits for the river and violating the...
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