The company itself, Boasso American Corp., was criminally charged in the case, accused by the EPA at one point of knowingly allowing hazardous wastes to be illegally dumped. A judge Thursday accepted the company's plea agreement. Among other terms, the plea deal the company negotiated stipulates that Boasso will pay a $500,000 fine, establish and enforce an environmental compliance plan, pay restitution including cleanup costs -- and publish a half-page public apology in a national newspaper and in two Georgia papers: the Savannah Morning News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That ad ran in today's AJC edition.
"We recently accepted responsibility for the actions of certain former employees..." says the newspaper ad in part. It goes on to say that the company immediately cooperated with oversight agencies when it was notified of the dumping and hired experts to remove the wastes. That remediation work was completed in 2015. "We apologize to the affected community," the ad says.