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Photo by America's Fiberglass Animals
Fiberglass figures by AFA

Patrick Keough, 59, of Seward was sentenced Monday in federal court in Omaha for violating the Clean Air Act in his small manufacturing operation.

Keough will serve six months’ imprisonment.

Keough is the owner of America’s Fiberglass Animals.

AFA uses gel coats and hazardous air pollutant paints to manufacture fiberglass animals, acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart said.

Stuart has taken over for former U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg, who was let go by President Donald Trump’s administration, as often happens when a new president is elected.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has determined AFA required a construction permit and fabric filters in the manufacturing area. Stuart said Keough continued to operate the business in Shelton without securing a permit or installing fabric filters. 

Stuart moved the business to Minden without advising NDEQ and without securing the required permit, and the business continued to operate without fabric filters.

The company manufactures life-size or larger statutes and statuettes.

The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp handed down the sentence.

After Keough is released from prison, he will serve a one-year term of supervised release, Stuart said.

This case was investigated by Region VII of the EPA, assisted by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/13/2017
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