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Kansas Chemical Company Fined $1M for Hazardous Waste Dumps

A Kansas chemical manufacturing company was fined $1 million Tuesday after admitting it illegally dumped hazardous wastes down a saltwater disposal well.

JACAM Manufacturing LLC of Sterling, Kansas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wichita to one count of violating the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and one count of violating the Resource Conservation Recovery Act, and was immediately sentenced following the plea.

Its president, Jason West, entered the plea on his company's behalf after striking a deal with prosecutors that spared its shareholders, officers, employees, contractors and others from additional charges. The binding plea agreement, which was accepted by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren, imposed the maximum fines for those charges.

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