- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A business owner has been fined $50,000 for storage of hazardous waste without a permit.

Sixty-six-year-old Patrick Henry Procino of Laurel was also ordered five years of probation for violating the Clean Water Act. He was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Wilmington.

Procino had pleaded guilty in October on behalf of Procino Plating Inc. of Blades. Prosecutors say Procino Plating’s industrial user permit was modified in 2009 to bar the discharge of wastewater generated from electroplating operations, and any waste or bi-products of the electroplating processes then in storage.

Authorities say Procino Plating processed stored drums of chemicals which were left over from its former electroplating operations. Prosecutors say the company, in violation of its Clean Water Act mandated permit, discharged resulting wastewater to the Seaford treatment plant.