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Business Owner Sentenced For Dumping

The owner of a Kansas metal finishing business has been sentenced to four months in prison followed by six months of home detention for discharging untreated wastewater into a city sewer.

C&R Plating and its 56-year-old owner, Kevin L. Cline, were also ordered Monday to pay $281,503 in restitution. The company was fined $10,000.

They pleaded guilty in December to one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act by introducing pollutants into the water treatment system of the north-central Kansas community of Minneapolis.

Cline admitted he submitted fraudulent samples and reports to conceal the dumping, and acknowledged he was responsible for high levels of zinc found in the city's sewer.

The city's sewer system discharges into the Solomon River via Lindsey Creek and an unnamed tributary.