PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Representatives from Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. will appear in federal court on Thursday as the company is expected to be arraigned on a criminal allegation of violating federal pre-treatment regulations under the Clean Water Act.
According to court documents, Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. operated a facility at 14450 Southeast 98th Court in Clackamas and was discharging pollutants that required pre-treatment from that source to the Kellogg Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant without the required permit.
The violation is a misdemeanor under federal law.
The investigation began on October 6, 2014 when Logan Lupi, a former Carl Zeiss Vision maintenance employee contacted the EPA and made a complaint regarding his employer dumping a chemical into a drain. Lupi sent a photo of a plastic p-trap drain with a metallic looking substance inside, according to court documents.
The company makes optical lenses for many retailers, including Walmart, and employs about 130 people in Clackamas.
In September 2015, federal agents executed a search warrant at Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc.
“They just overlooked the legality involved of how to treat this chemical, how to properly treat this chemical,” Lupi told KOIN 6 News at the time. “They ignored that.”
KOIN 6 News has reached out to several representatives with Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. for comment but we have not heard back from them.
The company’s court appearance in U.S. District Court in downtown Portland is scheduled for 11 a.m. before Judge Michael Simon.