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Garden State Tanning 'surprised' by findings

August 14, 1998

A Williamsport company that has been penalized by the state and federal governments for alleged environmental violations said Thursday it is "surprised and concerned" with the findings.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of Environment levied $126,000 in fines against Garden State Tanning for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its leather tanning and finishing plant.

The EPA and Maryland Department of the Environment have cited Garden State for the following alleged violations:

- Intermittently, since 1995, violating waste-water discharge permits by releasing excessive levels of pollutants into the Conococheague Creek and the Potomac River.

- Making unauthorized discharges of waste water into the Conococheague Creek.

- Improperly testing waste water discharged from the plant.

- Failing to fix a waste-water diffuser.

In a brief statement issued on Thursday, the company said it has worked hard to address the concerns.

"We have been diligent in working very closely with both the EPA and MDE on this issue and have taken every effort to respond in an appropriate and timely manner to the agencies' concerns," the statement said.

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"Garden State Tanning values its relationship with both the agencies and the community at large and would not knowingly jeopardize its good standing with either group," the statement continued. "We look forward to resolving the agencies' concerns in a timely forthright manner."

Glenn D. Thornley, the company's vice president of operations, was not available Thursday to elaborate on the statement.

- Brendan Kirby

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