Fla. Facility Owner Sentenced for Violating Clean Water Act

South Bay Utilities Inc. and its president were sentenced last week for violating the Clean Water Act by discharging inadequately treated sewage into a nearby bay.

South Bay Utilities Inc., Sarasota County, Fla., and its president, Paul Paver, were sentenced last week for violating the Clean Water Act by discharging inadequately treated sewage into a nearby bay.

South Bay Utilities was sentenced to pay a fine of $315,500 to the United States, pay $309,000 to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund, pay $400,000 to the Sarasota County Pollution Recover Trust Fund and pay $270,500 to the Middle District Florida Environmental Restitution Fund.

Paver was sentenced to pay a fine of $205,000 to the United States and pay $250,000 in restitution to the Middle District of Florida Environmental Restitution Trust Fund.

Inadequately treated sewage often contains high concentrations of E.coli bacteria and pathogens which can cause a variety of infections in humans and can harm fish and other aquatic life.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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