A Henrietta-based printing company plead guilty and was fined $318,000 Tuesday for illegally dumping industrial waste into its septic system, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Wednesday.
The fine stems from a 2012 investigation by DEC’s Environmental Conservation Officers into illegal activities at Tucker Printers, Inc.
DEC launched the investigation after DEC engineers uncovered an illegal discharge into the on-site septic system and several other onsite hazardous waste storage violations during an inspection.
The DEC executed a search warrant at the facility and determined that industrial wastes from various processes within Tucker’s facility were discharged into the septic system, a practice that had been going on for years.
Tucker Printers, Inc. plead guilty in the Town of Henrietta Court Tuesday night to multiple counts of unlawful disposal of industrial wastes and was fined $318,000. The company also agreed to pay restitution to DEC for the cost of sampling – $3,700 — during the execution of the search warrant.
Additionally, Tucker conducted an extensive site investigation to determine if there was any environmental impact from the illegal discharge. Through multiple rounds of groundwater sampling, with DEC oversight, it was determined that no remedial actions by Tucker were required.
The company has since changed its practices and now collects and disposes of all its industrial wastes in accordance to the law.