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Former Thatcher Chemical of DeLand manager arrested on pollution charges
By Joe Crews
posted May 5, 2014 - 10:44:32am
The former manager of Thatcher Chemical of Florida’s DeLand production facility was arrested April 25 on charges of littering of a commercial hazard and improper disposal of hazardous waste.
McEwan Farr Bender, 37, of DeBary, was released on $3,000 bond the day after his arrest, court records show. His arraignment is scheduled May 14.
Thatcher Chemical’s production facility on Hazen Road in DeLand was inspected in August by a pair of Florida Department of Environmental Protection inspectors acting on an anonymous complaint that waste chemicals were being buried in woods behind the plant.
The alleged dumping occurred in 2010 and 2011, according to a charging affidavit filed with the State Attorney’s Office.
Bender denied the allegations to the DEP inspectors and to an environmental health and safety manager at Thatcher’s home office in Salt Lake City, Utah.
That Thatcher manager, Darren Bauer, conducted an internal investigation and determined the allegations were true, the affidavit states.
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