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Date: 09-27-2019

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United States of America v. Crete Core Ingredients, L.L.C.

Case Number: 8:19-cr-00106-RFR-SMB

Judge: Robert F. Rossiter, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (Lancaster County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Donald J. Kleine

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Omaha, NE - Crete Pet Food Industry Supplier Fined $100,000 for Clean Water Act Violation

Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Crete Core Ingredients L.L.C. on September 26, 2019, to pay a fine in the amount of $100,000 following the company’s misdemeanor conviction for violating the federal Clean Water Act. Crete Core Ingredients., a Crete, Nebraska-based company, specializes in processing animal materials and byproducts for the pet food industry.

Investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division determined that on June 19, 2013, Crete Core Ingredients was issued a wastewater discharge permit by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The permit authorized the discharge of wastewater from the Crete Core Ingredients facility to the City of Crete’s publicly owned water treatment facility. The permit set forth limits on the amount of certain pollutants that were allowed to enter the water treatment facility. The permit further provided that in the event of a permit violation, Crete Core Ingredients was subject to penalties and sanctions as provided by the federal Clean Water Act.

On or about August 5, 2014, Crete Core Ingredients exceeded its wastewater discharge permit, thus violating the federal Clean Water Act. On August 5, 2014, wastewater flow data from Crete Core Ingredients to the City of Crete’s publicly owned water treatment facility showed a discharge of certain pollutants over twice the daily maximum that was permitted under the permit issued.

This case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division.

Outcome: 09/26/2019 18 TEXT MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. as to defendant Crete Core Ingredients L.L.C. Sentencing held on 9/26/2019. Presentence Investigation Report is adopted. Plea agreement accepted. Defendant is sentenced on Count I of Information to: Fine in the amount of $100,000.00. Special Assessment in the amount of $125.00. Defendant is notified of the right to appeal. Appearance for plaintiff: Donald J. Kleine; Appearance for defendant: Matthew F. Heffron and Michael J. Linder, Retained; No interpreter used during hearing.Courtroom Deputy: Marian Lea Frahm; Court Reporter: Sue DeVetter; Time Start: 2:55 PM; Time Stop: 3:17 PM; Time in Court:22 Minutes. (MLF) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
09/26/2019 21 JUDGMENT and STATEMENT OF REASONS as to defendant Crete Core Ingredients L.L.C. The Defendant Organization pleaded guilty to count I of Information to a Fine in the amount of $100,000.00; Special Assessment in the amount of $125.00. Ordered by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. (1 Certified copy to USM) (LAC) Modified on 9/27/2019 to correct filing date (MLF). (Entered: 09/27/2019)

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