Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
|For Immediate Release|
December 1, 2006
MOTORCYCLE PARTS PLATERS CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTE
SANTA ANA – The chrome and nickel platers for a motorcycle parts company were convicted today in an environmental protection case involving the illegal discharge of hazardous waste. Markland Manufacturing Inc. was convicted of three felony violations of the California Health and Safety Code. Under the settlement, Markland Manufacturing Inc. will pay $351,429 in fines and restitution for the cost of the investigation.
On March 9, 2004 and March 16, 2004, Markland Manufacturing Inc. unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste in Orange County. The waste, including nickel, was found in tubular filters that had been discarded in dumpsters at a facility that did not have a permit from the Department of Toxic Substance Control. On April 8, 2004, Markland Manufacturing Inc. unlawfully discharged a liquid with a PH below 2, which is considered hazardous waste in the Health and Safety Code.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve Yonemura of the Environmental Protection Unit prosecuted this case.