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Firm pays runoff discharge fine

January 06, 2000

C. William Hetzer Inc. has paid a $7,500 administrative penalty to the Maryland Clean Water Fund for violating a state groundwater discharge permit.

For up to nine months the company from its plant at 9401 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown, neglected to test the runoff discharged into a dry stream, said Susan Woods, director of communications for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

"It was an oversight on our part," company President C. William Hetzer Jr. said.

An old permit the company had from the Maryland Department of the Environment did not require the testing, Hetzer said. When the permit changed, there was confusion about which Hetzer employee would actually do the testing and it wasn't done, he said.

The company received the new permit in June 1998 and the state determined in February 1999 that the required testing wasn't being done, Woods said.

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When tested the next month, it was found that the runoff had levels of organic compounds and petroleum hydrocarbons that were in violation of the allowed amounts, Woods said.

The fine was originally going to be $10,000 but was ultimately reduced to $7,500, she said.

- Scott Butki

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