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Colorado Man Found Guilty of Illegally Discharging Chemical

Release Date: 10/31/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(10/31/03) David E. Ortiz of Grand Junction, Colo., was found guilty on Oct. 15 of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging a de-icing chemical into the city storm sewers. Ortiz was the operator for Chemical Specialties, a company that distills propylene glycol, an aircraft de-icing chemical. On May 29 and June 18, 2002, he discharged industrial waste water into the city storm sewers that empty into the Colorado River, resulting in fish being killed. When sentenced, Ortiz faces a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and/or a $50,000 fine for the May 29 offense, and an additional maximum sentence of three years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine for the June 18 offense. The case was investigated by the Denver Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver.