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Two Sentenced for Clean Water Crimes committed in Binghamton and Johnson City

Two men involved with a 2008-2009 hydro-demolition project, which sent waste concrete into the Susquehanna River, have been sentenced.

Employees of Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, Inc. Marty Pullyblank, 54 of Caledonia, NY and William Clement, 54 of Victor NY both plead guilty to criminal violations of the Clean Water Act.

Clement, a Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, Inc. project manager, was sentenced to a 1 year term of probation and a $2000 fine. Clements supervised the negligent discharge of concrete slurry from a hydro-demolition project at the Wilson Hospital Parking Garage in Johnson City. The slurry was sent into a manhole that led to the Binghamton-Johnson City POTW between May and July of 2009.

Pullblank, also a project manager, was sentenced to a 3 year term of probation, a $10,000 fine and 120 hours of community service. Pullyblank supervised the intentional discharge of concrete slurry from a similar project at the Binghamton Governmental Central Parking Garage in Binghamton between August and September of 2009. The slurry was sent into a BGC sub-basement sump that discharged to the storm sewer system and to the Susquehanna River.

Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, Inc. of Spencerport, New York also entered a corporate plea of guilty and was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $500,000 and was placed on a term of probation for 5 years. A condition of probation requires the company to develop, fund and implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan ("ECP") to prevent future violations.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian said, “The illegal discharge of pollutants into the nation’s waters is a crime that has wide-ranging effects on the magnificent environment that is our shared legacy and violators will be held accountable under the law,” said United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.