Lawn service firm agrees to settlement over discharge

February 23, 2012 12:30 am

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EG Systems of Marysville, Ohio, owner of Scotts Lawn Service in Monroeville has agreed to pay a $160,000 penalty to settle charges stemming from the intentional discharge of up to 1,000 gallons of wastewater containing high levels of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer into a tributary of Thompson Run in June 2010.

Investigators with the state Department of Environmental Resources, responding to complaints of offensive odors, discovered a Scotts employee had built a syphon system to drain an 8,000-gallon tank into a storm sewer that connected to the stream, according to DEP news release.

The fine will be paid to the state's Clean Water Fund, which is used to address pollution problems.

In a separate action, the employee involved will serve two years probation, pay a $2,500 fine and perform 40 hours of community service.

First Published 2012-02-23 00:20:24

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