Federal water pollution charges in upstate NY

Demolition company, workers face federal charges they dumped polluted water in upstate NY

Associated Press

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A demolition company and two of its workers are facing charges they illegally dumped polluted water in upstate New York.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian says 52-year-old Mark Pullyblank of Caledonia, 52-year-old William Clements of Victor and Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc. of Spencerport were charged in a nine-count indictment with violating the Clean Water Act.

Hartunian says Crane-Hogan removes concrete from buildings with high-pressure water that becomes contaminated with highly alkaline concrete waste.

Crane-Hogan and Pullyblank are accused of dumping waste from a project into the Susquehanna River. The company alone faces the same charge for another project. All three are accused of discharging waste from another site without a pretreatment permit at a sewage plant.

Crane-Hogan president Dan Hogan denied the charges Friday on behalf of the company and the employees. He says Crane-Hogan had all necessary permits and workers for another company were responsible for the Susquehanna pollution.

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