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Hotel Owner Admits to Polluting Hackensack

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A Secaucus, New Jersey hotel owner has admitted to illegally discharging its sewage into the Hackensack River.

Under a plea deal with New Jersey's Attorney General, owners of the Crowne Plaza Hotel will have to pay $75,000 to Hackensack Riverkeeper, the environmental group that initiated the complaint last spring. The money will help fund the non-profit's regular river patrols and maintenance programs. The hotel also has to submit to a state monitoring program and hire an environmental consultant.