The maintenance manager of Jupiter Aluminum Corporation in Hammond has
pleaded guilty in federal court in Hammond to conspiracy to violate a permit
issued pursuant to the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Northern District of Indiana and the U.S. Department of Justice’s
Environment and Natural Resources Division jointly announced.
Charles Woodworth pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate
Jupiter Aluminum's Clean Air Act Title V Permit and falsifying documents
required to be kept by the permit.
Among other things, the company’s Title V requires the facility's pollution
control devices to be properly maintained and the company to prepare and
maintain accurate records related to the its pollution control systems,
specifically the baghouses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The purpose of the baghouses is to prevent particulates resulting from
Jupiter's aluminum recycling operation, from entering the environment, while
the maintenance of accurate records is to ensure that the pollution control
instruments are performing in accordance with the permit requirements.
Under a plea agreement, from August 2002 through November 2007, maintenance
workers at Jupiter Aluminum, supervised by Woodworth, falsified baghouse
reports by providing false and fictitious information on the reports and
omitting other information required by Jupiter Aluminum's permit, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said.
A sentencing date has been set for Nov. 1.