NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A court has ordered three New Haven companies and their operator to pay nearly $750,000 in penalties for violations of the state’s hazardous waste and air pollution control laws.

Bruno Suraci Jr. operates the metal finishing businesses at two locations in New Haven, including one along the Quinnipiac River.

The state of Connecticut had alleged violations including improper storage, lack of proper permits and failure to conduct inspections. State officials say employees, the public and the environment were exposed to serious risks.

A Hartford Superior Court judge set the civil penalties in a Dec. 24 ruling. The court ordered a $700,000 penalty for violation of hazardous waste management laws, a $33,500 civil penalty for violation of air pollution control laws and a $10,000 penalty for failure to obtain an emissions permit.

State officials said Friday that the judgment should serve as a warning against mishandling dangerous substances.

“Connecticut’s environmental laws are designed to protect the health and safety of citizens in our state,” Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty said. “This judgment sends a clear message that the actions of companies who violate these laws and regulations will not be tolerated.”

There was no answer at a phone number listed for Suraci. The companies named in the state’s complaint along with Suraci were Suraci Incorporated, Suraci Metal Finishing, and Suraci Paint & Powder Coating.

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