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KEN-DEC, plant manager sentenced in U.S. District Court

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Guilty pleas entered by defendants

By The Staff

KEN-DEC Inc., a Horse Cave company formerly engaged in the metal plating business, and David Lester Becker, 72, of Cave City, formerly plant manager of that business, were sentenced in United States District Court for felony violations of the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Both KEN-DEC Inc. and Becker pleaded guilty to the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin on Feb. 1. The case was assigned to Judge Joseph H. McKinley for sentencing. By agreement KEN-DEC agreed to plead guilty to the two counts of the felony and pay a fine of $700,000 on the date of sentencing. Also, by date of sentencing, KEN-DEC agreed to pay the victim, Caveland Environmental Authority for their costs in the proper disposal of both liquid and solid hazardous wastes which KEN-DEC, and its agents and employees, disposed of in the sewer system. As of June 4, a total of $95,000 has been spent by KEN-DEC on the cleanup or paid to Caveland as reimbursement for their costs.

Also by agreement, Becker agreed to serve a sentence of imprisonment of 18 months. Becker was sentenced also to a three-year term of supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream and investigated by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division.