Unilever to Pay $4.5M for Water Act Violations

Friday, Dec 6, 2013  |  Updated 12:11 PM EDT
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Unilever to Pay $4.5M for Water Act Violations

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Unilever has agreed to pay $4.5 million after pleading guilty to two felony environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton.

The U.S. Attorney's office said  Unilever Home and Personal Care USA pleaded guilty on Thursday to violations of the Clean Water Act.

Authorities said the charges stem from Unilever's December 2008 illegal discharge of industrial wastewater and the company's failure to report the discharge in a timely manner.

As part of its plea agreement, Unilever agreed to pay a $1 million fine and intends to contribute $3.5 million to state and local environmental programs.

Unilever said it's not aware of any evidence that any release resulted in harm to fish, other wildlife or drinking water.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 3.

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