A Laurel man has pleaded guilty to illegally storing hazardous waste without a permit. 66 year old Patrick Procino also entered a plea on behalf of Procino Plating, Inc to a count of violating the Clean Water Act. Procino owned the Blades plating and electroplating operation until the fall of 2007 and between 2007 and 2010 stored about 450 gallons of liquid hazardous, corrosive waste that had been used at the facility. In addition, wastewater produced at the plant was discharged to the Seaford Treatment plant – and then into the Nanticoke River – but in 2009 the County modified the industrial user permit to prohibit the discharge of waste water from the business, which instead began storing the chemicals in drums.
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