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