Cello To Pay For Pollution Control At Plant

September 08, 1991

Cello Corp. has agreed to pay $25,000 and make $360,000 in pollutioncontrol improvements at its Havre de Grace plant to settle a state lawsuit charging it with fouling a branch of the Susquehanna River.

The company, which produces cleaning chemicals, will upgrade waste handling at its Old Post Road factory to stop polluting Lilly Run Creek, the Maryland Department of the Environment said last week.

The April 1990 civil lawsuit followed the company's failure to follow a 1989 consent agreement, which required Cello to build a closure device to prevent spills from moving through a parking lot storm drain into the creek.

The improvements are designed to stop spills that allegedly occurred between August 1987 and September 1988.

Thelawsuit also charged that other spills polluted Lilly Run in April and December 1989 and March 1990.

Cello will pay the $25,000 civil fine to the Maryland Clean Water Fund.


Citizens with concernsabout hazardous waste handling at American Cyanamid's Havre de Graceplant can testify at a permit hearing Thursday scheduled by the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency.

The industrial adhesives plant has won tentative renewal from the Maryland Department of Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use highly corrosive acids and other toxic materials.

But the Community Coalition of Harford County, a citizens environmental watchdog group, wants further study of possible contamination of soil and ground water near Lilly Run Creek.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Havre de Grace High School.

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