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CONNECTICUT COMPANY PLEADED GUILTY
TO ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL


CONN. COMPANY PLEADED GUILTY TO ILLEGAL HAZ. WASTE DISPOSAL/SCROLL
FOR RELEASE:   FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1999



CONNECTICUT COMPANY PLEADED GUILTY TO ILLEGAL 
HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

Cover-It Inc., of West Haven, Conn., pleaded guilty on Dec. 16, 1998 in
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in Hartford for
violations of  the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  Cover-It
manufactures portable garage shelters.  The indictment alleges that on
March 7, 1997, two of the company's workers stripped, defaced and painted
over the labels of drums containing hazardous waste to prevent their point
of origin from being identified.  Some of the drums, which held several
hundred gallons of waste containing hazardous levels of chromium, were
then allegedly illegally dumped from a truck and abandoned on the ground
near the Secondi Brothers Truck Stop in Milford, Conn., and  the New Haven
Terminal shipyard.  As part of the plea agreement, Cover-it has agreed to
pay $12,749 for the cost of cleaning up the dumped waste.  The company
also has agreed to retain an independent environmental consultant and come
into compliance with all environmental regulations.  Cover-It faces a
maximum fine of up to $500,000 and/or up to three years probation.  Two
Cover-It employees, James Hawley and Michael Knapp, face trial within the
next several months.  The case was investigated by EPA Criminal
Investigation Division, EPA National Enforcement Investigations Center,
the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and was prosecuted
by the U.S. Department of Justice.        

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