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Company fined for burying chemical sludge in DeLand
By Jen Horton
posted Mar 27, 2014 - 11:27:38am
Thatcher Chemical is getting slapped with fines for dumping chemical sludge on its West DeLand property, and the company could face criminal charges, state officials said.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency (DEP) said March 24 that Thatcher Chemical Co., in addition to having to clean up its own mess, is being fined $230,000 for violations at two chemical plants.
According to the DEP, in 2010 and 2011, Thatcher buried between 100,000 and 200,000 pounds of ferric sulfate sludge in the woods behind its plant at 245 Hazen Road, and also dumped chemicals on the ground.
The water and sewage systems for DeLand utility customers have not been compromised, according to city officials. DeLand has no wells in that area.
The DEP fines stem from the company’s activities in DeLand and Palmetto, the agency said. In Palmetto, according to the DEP, Thatcher Chemical dumped chemicals on the ground and in the stormwater-management system.
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