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Mace Pleads Guilty to Hazardous Waste Violation

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 5:24am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Mace, the company that makes tear gas and pepper spray products, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of storing hazardous waste at its Vermont plant without a permit.

The U.S. attorney for Vermont said Tuesday that Mace Personal Defense Inc., of Bennington, has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine. The company is a subsidiary of Mace Security International Inc.

Mace and John Goodrich, president of the Bennington facility, were charged with keeping hazardous waste in buildings at the plant and in shipping containers outside it. The company says it has spent more than $785,000 cleaning up the site.

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