The manager of a Brooklyn metal cleaning company pleaded guilty to using a simple, secret maneuver to dump industrial toxic waste into the Newtown Creek.
Manuel Acosta, 58, of Control Electropolishing Corporation, admitted he directed his employees to insert a plug into a bypass line, sending waste and sludge — containing high levels of chromium, copper, lead and nickel — on a path to the estuary that runs between Brooklyn and Queens.
The bypass line is designed to treat the waste water before it is released into the NYC sewer system, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.
Instead, the gunk traveled to the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, which does not treat industrial products. The infractions occurred between November 2013 and December 2014.