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ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUD U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

On July 31, 2008, Bennet Environmental Inc. (“BEI”), a Canadian soil treatment company, pled guilty and agreed to pay $1 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) at a EPA designated Superfund site, Federal Creosote in Manville, NJ.
According to the charges, BEI inflated prices to a prime contractor for the EPA at the site and pay kickbacks totaling approximately $1.3 million to employees of that prime contractor in exchange for the steering of sub-contracts to BEI. As part of the same investigation, on June 23, 2008, JMJ Environmental Inc., a New Jersey wastewater treatment supply company, and its executives pled guilty to defraud the EPA at two New Jersey Superfund sites, including the Federal Creosote site.


Andre Barlow

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