BENTON, Ill. (AP) -- Federal authorities say Honeywell International Inc. has been fined $11.8 million after pleading guilty to a felony count of knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit.
The U.S. Department of Justice says the Morris Township, N.J.-based technology and manufacturing company entered the plea Friday in federal district court in Benton in southern Illinois.
Federal officials say EPA agents searched a Honeywell facility in southern Illinois in April 2009 and found nearly 7,500 illegally stored drums that contained radioactive and hazardous waste. The EPA says the storage practices put employees at risk of exposure to the materials.
Honeywell also was given five years of probation.
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