WILMINGTON, Del. - A Laurel business owner has been sentenced, after he illegally stored hazardous waste without a permit.
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, Charles M. Oberly, III, said that 66-year-old Henry Procino, the owner and operator of Procino Plating, Inc., was sentenced to one year probation, a $50,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment from one count of illegal storage of hazardous waster without a permit. entered a guilty plea for one count of violating the Clean Water Act.
On October 15th, 2013 Procino pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Clean Water Act. He was also sentenced by a judge, to five years probation, and a $400 special assessment, for that.
According to his plea agreement, Procino Plating on South Market Street in Blades, was used for plating and electroplating-related operations, until 2007. From December 2007 through May 2010 Procino kept a tank with 450 gallons of liquid hazardous waste, that had been used for chroming. One must have a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permit to store such items.
Oberly stated, "Environmental crimes endanger the welfare of our citizens and natural resources, and where appropriate will be prosecuted to ensure the safety of our citizens."
David G. McLeod, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of EPA's criminal enforcement program for the Middle Atlantic States said "For years the defendant knowingly disregarded federal and state environmental laws. Improperly handling hazardous wastes and industrial pollutants can threaten the environment and put the public at serious risk. Today's sentencing demonstrates our resolve to collaborate with our state and federal counterparts to vigorously investigate and prosecute any credible allegation that a company and its leaders treat our nation's environmental laws with contempt."
DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara added "Sentencing for Mr. Procino culminates another environmental protection partnership effort between Delaware, EPA and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Delaware companies demonstrate every day that they can be successful while complying with environmental standards to protect public health, and DNREC works hard to assist the state's businesses in achieving these goals. Mr. Procino continually demonstrated a blatant disregard for the state's hazardous waste regulations, and we appreciate the great efforts of the EPA and U.S. Attorney's Office in bringing this case to a close."