Utah Refinery To Pay $3M In Criminal Pollution Case

Law360 (September 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Chemical company Johnson Matthey Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 million to settle an alleged Clean Water Act felony violation at a precious metal refining plant in Utah.

On Wednesday, Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah approved a plea agreement between federal prosecutors and Johnson Matthey in which the company pleaded guilty to a charge that it had "cherry-picked" water samples to conceal selenium concentrations in its runoff.

Former plant manager Paul Greaves and former general manager John McKelvie each admitted to one felony violation for making false statements about pollutant...

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