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Wastewater Violations Charged At Broome Projects

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A Rochester-area company and two of its employees have been accused of illegally discharging polluted water from Broome County demolition projects.

United States Attorney Richard Hartunian Thursday announced Crane-Hogan Structural Systems of Spencerport was charged in a felony indictment in connection with work during 2008 and 2009.

The Crane-Hogan employees, 52-year-old Mark Pullyblank of Caledonia and 52-year-old William Clements of Victor, also are named in the nine-count indictment.

Authorities say Pullyblank and Clements were project supervisors in charge of demolition work at the Binghamton Governmental Center parking garage and the Wilson Medical Center parking garage.

Pullyblank was cited in connection with the downtown Binghamton project. Untreated industrial waste-water is said to have been dumped directly into the Susquehanna River.

Clements and Pullyblank were accused of discharging waste-water into the Binghamton-Johnson City sewage treatment plant in Vestal without a permit.

Prosecutors noted the Susquehanna River provides drinking water to many people.

The federal Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of untreated pollutants into rivers.

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