Firm Fined $500,000 for Illegal Dumping
A Cerritos company has been fined $500,000 and placed on probation for three years after pleading no contest to felony charges that it put nickel-laden waste water, which kills plant and animal life, into sewer systems and storm drains.
Three officials of the firm, Transducers Inc., also entered no contest pleas. They were placed on a year’s probation and ordered to make restitution of $5,000 each. The men were originally charged with felony counts of illegally disposing hazardous waste but were allowed to plead to misdemeanor charges. They are Robert Fordyce, director of operations; Eric L. Sorensen, chief manufacturing engineer, and Dan Hughes, plating department manager.
The no contest pleas were entered Tuesday before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dino J. Fulgoni.