Environmental Protection

Mace Personal Defense Signs Plea Agreement on Hazardous Waste Storage

The Mace Security subsidiary pleaded guilty to a felony charge of storing the waste at its Vermont factory without a permit.

Mace Security International, Inc., announced that its subsidiary, Mace Personal Defense, Inc., has signed a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont to settle environmental law violations that occurred over the period of 1998-2008.

Mace Personal Defense, Inc. pled guilty to a single felony charge of storing hazardous waste without a permit at its Bennington, Vt., factory and agreed to pay a fine of $100,000. The company already has spent more than $785,000 remediating the Bennington site and fully complying with all EPA requests and demands, according to a press release from the company.

The agreement, which has been submitted to the U.S. District Court for Vermont, is not final until the court accepts it. A hearing date has not been scheduled.

Dennis Raefield, Mace CEO and president, stated, “Our Board of Directors and I felt it was important to close this final chapter on the storage issue from 1998-2008, accept responsibility as a good corporate citizen, and not divert company assets and manpower to defend against the charge. The site has been fully remediated with new environmental safety policies and procedures put into place.”

Mace Security International, Inc. is a manufacturer of personal defense and electronic surveillance products and the owner and operator of a wholesale central monitoring station.

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