Ohio man, company accused in sewer discharge case

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland company and a worker accused of making illegal discharges into a sewer system are facing federal charges.

Kelly Plating Company and 49-year-old Thomas E. White, of Fairview Park, are suspected of making illegal discharges with high concentrations of metals such as chrome and zinc into a sewer system that empties into Lake Erie after treatment.

A federal prosecutor says White operated equipment that reduced pollutants discharged into the sewer system to an acceptable level. The prosecutor says White bypassed the equipment on weekends and discharged partially treated wastewater and sludge directly into the sewer system.

White and the company are charged with violation of an approved pretreatment program under the Clean Water Act and a related conspiracy charge.

Messages were left Tuesday for White's attorney and Kelly Plating.

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