N.J. Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe managers to prison-company fined $20 million

Newark, N.J.(MesotheliomaCancerNews.com)–The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) www.epa.gov announced, on Monday, a federal judge sentenced Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company to pay $8 million in fines for violating numerous federal environmental laws and worker safety regulation laws. The federal judge also ordered Atlantic States, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cast-iron water and sewer pipes, based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, to serve 48 months of monitored probation which will require company leaders to submit biannual reports to the court. The judge further ordered Atlantic States to pay a special assessment of $12,000,000 for the flagrant abuse of the environment, consumer health, and worker safety laws.

The federal judge’s ruling, in court on Friday, followed an eight year conspiracy trial led by federal prosecuting attorneys against senior managers at the cast iron water and pipe manufacturer. Lawyers for the U.S. government argued, in court before the judge and jury, for seven months proving four managers violated the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and numerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) www.osha.gov laws. Environmental lawyers proved company managers exposed workers to dangerous conditions, impeded and obstructed federal regulatory and criminal investigations, and polluted the Delaware River by discharging petroleum contaminated water and paint through storm drains and into the water system.

At the conclusion of the record seven month trial, the jury found four of the pipe company leaders guilty of federal crimes. Attorneys also proved managers ordered pipe workers and laborers to burn tires and excessive amounts of hazardous waste paint in the company’s furnace; routinely altered accident scenes and concealed serious worker injuries from federal health and safety inspectors; repeatedly lied to federal, state, and local officials who investigated environmental and worker safety violations; and maintained a dangerous workplace which caused multiple severe injuries to company workers, including the death of one employee at the pipe manufacturing plant.

A federal judge recently sentenced the defendants, who were found guilty of 32 of the 34 count grand jury indictment, to federal prison terms ranging from 6 months to 70 months. Federal laws violated fell under OSHA, the EPA, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act. Atlantic States is a division of McWane Industries, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama. Many workers and laborers, employed by pipe, insulation, roofing, and tile manufacturers, are unknowingly exposed to hazardous chemicals and materials like petroleum based products and asbestos fibers. Manufacturing company managers are required, by federal laws to educate, inform, protect, and provide workers with the necessary knowledge and safety equipment to perform their jobs without injury. If you have been injured at work or exposed to a toxic substance, like asbestos, you may have a claim for damages and injuries.

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