Bosses face up to 17 years prison on charges of false environmental reporting

A Pennsylvania-based company, Hydro-Analysis Associates Inc (HAA), has been charged with providing false environmental test results. The charges include making false statements to the EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), mail fraud and violating the US's Clean Water Act.

Company president Randy Haring and former laboratory director Robert Spare were charged on 9 June 1999 with providing false results to hundreds of customers. The charges allege that between 1994 and 1998 Haring and Spare falsely told HAA customers that the company was using proper instruments and equipment as well as using EPA-certified methods to test drinking water, wastewater, soils and underground storage tanks.

It is further alleged that the defendants had no quality control procedures in place. HAA clients included PADEP itself, as well as businesses, municipalities, nursing homes, residential communities and schools.

If convicted, Haring faces a maximum prison sentence of 17 years and/or a fine of up to $1M. Spare faces a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and/or a fine of up to $750,000. The company could be issues with a separate fine of up to $1M. As a result of the criminal investigation, HAA was closed in November 1998.

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