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Unilever Pays $4.5M for Water Act Violations

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Unilever is paying $4.5 million for environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Unilever Home and Personal Care USA was sentenced Thursday in Hartford to a $1 million fine for violating the Clean Water Act. Unilever also is contributing $3.5 million to environmental programs and instituting an environmental compliance program at its U.S. manufacturing facilities.

Authorities say the charges stem from Unilever’s December 2008 illegal discharge of industrial wastewater.

Unilever has said it’s not aware of any evidence that any release resulted in harm to fish, other wildlife or drinking water and the company worked with state and federal regulators to address their concerns.

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