Finkens water treatment company has “truly” gone rogue, and the company is suing a state for $2.3 billion.
The lawsuit filed Friday in New Jersey is one of several recent cases against Finkening companies in the state.
The New Jersey Division of Water Resources (NJDEP) said in a statement that Finkent’s water treatment division has been operating without a license for more than a decade.
The company’s water quality tests were “clearly falsified” by Finkents testing lab, and it has been “unjustly penalized and prosecuted,” the NJDEP said.
“The water is now toxic to aquatic life and poses a significant threat to public health,” the agency said.
In a statement, Finkenfels CEO Paul Finkenson called the lawsuit “a transparent attempt to intimidate the NJDWR into paying up, or not paying for its failure to maintain the necessary water quality standards,” adding that the company has taken “several steps to ensure its water is safe.”
“We are currently in a position where we cannot comply with the NJDPR’s request, or even continue to operate, because it is an ongoing criminal investigation,” he said.