Chemical Dump Gets Printer in Hot Water

MECHANICSBURG, PA—The president of a printing company here pleaded no contest to charges of illegally dumping hazardous chemicals into the tributary of the Juniata River. Robert Bruckner was sentenced to three years’ probation and $6,000 in fines after not contesting charges of dumping industrial waste, unlawful conduct and pollution of a waterway, The Patriot-News reported.

In March of 2009, a witness observed Bruckner dumping a substance into a waterway and found a pool of orange foam near the Juniata River, the newspaper said, citing court records. The witness wrote down Bruckner’s license plate number, and police discovered it belonged to a van owned by West Shore Printing. Tests identified the foam as a toxic chemical used in commercial printing.

Bruckner allegedly was dumping a 30-gallon drum of the chemical into the river, the paper reported.

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