Yutaka manufacturer, managers sentenced for environmental crimes
WASHINGTON — 11.28.12 — An auto parts manufacturer and two of its former managers were sentenced Wednesday on federal charges for making false statements regarding the discharge of industrial wastewater Cardington’s wastewater treatment system.
Cardington Yutaka Technologies Inc. (CYT), an auto parts manufacturer, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Yutaka Giken Company Limited based in Japan, was ordered Wednesday to pay a fine of $1.2 million, pay restitution in the amount of $115,000 to the village of Cardington, and make $400,000 in community service payments, also to the village.
The community service funds will be used to repair, improve and renovate the village’s wastewater treatment plant. The company also will serve a term of probation of two years, and make several operational changes to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal water pollution laws.
CYT was indicted on federal charges on June 29, 2011, as were two former managers.
CYT’s former executive vice president, Muhammed Razavi, pleaded guilty to two counts of negligently violating the Clean Water Act. Consistent with his plea agreement, Razavi was sentenced to 90 days incarceration, followed by a term of one year of supervised release, and 208 hours of community service. Razavi was also ordered to pay a fine of $25,000.
CYT’s former maintenance manager, James Carroll, pleaded guilty to one count of negligently violating the Clean Water Act. In accordance with his plea agreement, Carroll was sentenced to two years of probation, including 90 days of home confinement, and he is to complete 500 hours of community service. Carroll was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
According to documents filed with the court, between 1999 and 2008, CYT and its managers made false statements to the Ohio EPA and the village of Cardington regarding the discharge of industrial wastewater in the form of leak test fluid and parts washer water from the CYT facility to the village of Cardington’s Publicly Owned Treatment Works.
“To prevent discharges of untreated sewage into the nation’s waterways, it is critical that local sewage treatment plants and regulatory agencies know what industries are sending into the public sewers,” said Randall Ashe, Special Agent-in-Charge of U.S. EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago. “The defendants sentenced today concealed what they were dumping into the sewer, misleading both the Village of Cardington and the Ohio EPA. These convictions demonstrate that those who engage in such deception will be prosecuted.”