Couple Busted for Alleged Cyanide Dump

55-gallon dump kills 'nearly every fish in a three-mile stretch'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 12, 2012 3:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Federal authorities have accused an Ohio couple of killing "nearly every fish in a three-mile stretch" by illegally dumping 55 gallons of toxic cyanide into a storm sewer. Renato and Teresina Montsori, age 79 and 74, respectively, used to own a metal-plating company that used cyanide, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer explains, before closing it to open a coin and precious metals company on the same spot.

By law, cyanide is supposed to be disposed of by licensed specialists, but Renato allegedly just rolled a drum up to the sewer, punctured a hole in it, and let it drain. "Mr. Montorsi chose to use the river behind us as a dump," a US attorney said at a press conference at the Rocky River Nature Center. The result: Nearly 30,000 dead fish. The couple has been charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, and Renato has been charged with violating the Clean Water Act.

Renato and Teresina Montorsi are accused of dumping cyanide into a storm sewer.   (Shutterstock)
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